Canada Congratulates Armenia, Newest Member of La Francophonie

October 15, 2012 - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie), today issued the following statement:

“Canada congratulates the Republic of Armenia on joining the International Organisation of La Francophonie; its membership was confirmed at the Francophonie Summit in Kinshasa, held October 12 to 14.

“Canada fully supported Armenia’s candidacy to become an associate member of l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie at the Québec Summit in 2008. We are now happy to welcome Armenia as a full member.

“Armenia has demonstrated its commitment to the values and objectives of the organization in education and science, as well as in the artistic, media and cultural arenas.”

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Andréa Richer
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie)
613-790-3637

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