Minister Baird Statement on Yemen

(No. 352 – November 23, 2011 – 5:50 p.m. ET) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada welcomes the agreement signed by President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen.

“His agreement to step down from power in 30 days prepares the way for Yemen’s transition to a more open society—one that respects freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

“We commend all involved, particularly the Gulf Cooperation Council, in negotiating this agreement.

“We are looking to the President and the interim leadership to respect this agreement, which calls for free, fair and transparent elections to be held in the next 90 days.

“Canada stands with the people of Yemen in their quest for a brighter future.”

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