Canada Welcomes Conclusion of Presidential Elections and Urges More Reform in Egypt

June 24, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“The conclusion of the presidential elections in Egypt constitutes an important step in the country’s transition toward democracy.

“Canada wishes President-elect Dr. Mohammed Morsi well in working to fulfill the aspirations of all Egyptians.

“Egypt must remain on a path toward freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and work to protect the rights of women and religious minorities, including Egypt’s significant Coptic community.

“Canada urges all parties to work expeditiously toward the completion of a new constitution that will enshrine democratic principles and protect the fundamental rights of all Egyptians.

“We will continue to support Egypt’s transition to democracy and the Egyptian people’s calls for a better, brighter future.”

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