Canada to Participate in Meetings of Contact Group on Libya and NATO Foreign Ministers

(No. 125 - April 11, 2011 - 4:30 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will lead the Canadian delegation at the inaugural meeting of the Contact Group on Libya in Doha, on April 13, 2011. He will also attend the NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting in Berlin, which will be held on April 14 and 15.

The Contact Group on Libya was established on March 29 in London. Representatives from 39 countries, the UN, NATO and the League of Arab States met to consider the needs of the Libyan people and identify ways to support them in their aspirations for a better future. The April 13 Contact Group meeting will be co-chaired by the United Kingdom and Qatar.

The NATO Meeting will be hosted by Guido Westerwelle, Germany’s Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, under the chairmanship of Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary-General. Participants will discuss Libya and Afghanistan, and review progress on decisions made at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010.

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