Canada Welcomes Agreement to Release Gilad Shalit

(No. 298 - October 11, 2011 - 7:20 p.m. ET) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement regarding the agreement to secure the release of Israeli staff sergeant Gilad Shalit:

“Canada welcomes the announcement of the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and calls on his captors to adhere to the terms of the agreement. Canada has consistently called for the release of Gilad Shalit over the course of his imprisonment and hopes that he will soon be reunited with his family after being held in captivity by Hamas for more than five years.”

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