Minister Cannon to Visit Rome

(No. 78 - February 23, 2011 - 6:25 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will visit Rome on Thursday, February 24, 2011.

Minister Cannon will meet Franco Frattini, the Italian foreign affairs minister, to further the solid relationship that Canada has with Italy. Canada is seeking to advance the status of several pending bilateral agreements that will have tangible benefits for Canadians.

The two ministers will also discuss the situation in the Middle East, particularly in Libya, and the protection of religious minorities.

While in Rome, Minister Cannon will visit the international airport to welcome the Canadian citizens evacuated from Tripoli on a Canadian government-chartered flight.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Lynn Meahan
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
613-995-1851

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874
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