Statement by Minister Baird on Situation in Egypt

(No. 292 - October 10, 2011 - 2:30 p.m. ET) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“I am very concerned about the violence in Egypt over this weekend. On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my condolences to the families of the victims.

“Religious extremism has no place in modern society and the new Egypt. Canada urges all involved to work together to build a society where religious communities can live and prosper together and build a new Egypt.

“Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right and a vital building block for healthy democracies. People of faith must be able to practise and worship in peace and security.”

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