Canada Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan

April 15, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement on the terrorist attacks perpetrated in various locations in Afghanistan, including diplomatic missions and the Afghan parliament in Kabul:

“Canada strongly condemns the terrorist attacks on Afghanistan, its people and its democratic institutions. These deliberate and reprehensible attacks on Afghanistan’s parliament and on diplomatic missions, whose personnel are committed to helping Afghans, highlight the systematic destruction that the insurgents are willing to unleash against the Afghan people.

“Canada is proud to support the people of Afghanistan in their fight to build a peaceful, democratic country that respects human rights. The international community is committed to supporting the Government of Afghanistan to help promote the rule of law and ensure that the country is never again used as a safe haven for terrorists.”

All Canadian personnel have been accounted for and are safe.

Any Canadian citizens in Afghanistan requiring emergency assistance should contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada by phone at +1-613-996-8885 (collect calls will be accepted) or by email at sos@international.gc.ca.

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