Baird to Visit Middle East, Bolster Relations

August 9, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will travel to Lebanon and Jordan from August 10 to 13, 2012.

In Beirut, Baird will meet with Prime Minister Najib Mikati to discuss security in Lebanon and Syria, as well as in the region more broadly.

During his trip to Lebanon and Jordan, Baird will underscore Canada’s support for the stability of both countries in light of the crisis in Syria.

“The situation in Syria threatens the stability of the entire Middle East,” said Baird. “As the fighting continues and atrocities multiply, the need for all countries to bring pressure to bear on the Assad regime is imperative. The situation grows increasingly difficult as refugees continue to flow over Syria’s borders into neighbouring countries.”

The focus of discussions will include the deteriorating situation in Syria and Iran, regional security throughout the Middle East, trade and commerce, and other matters of mutual interest. Baird will also meet with members of the opposition, including former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, the parliamentary leader of the March 14 opposition.

While in Amman, Baird will meet with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Judeh and with King Abdullah II of Jordan. Baird will seek Jordan’s perspective on the situation in Syria and the broader Middle East, and discuss Canada-Jordan bilateral relations.

For more information, please visit Canada-Lebanon Relations, Canada-Jordan Relations and the Situation in Syria.

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