Baird Welcomes Resumption of Diplomatic Ties Between Turkey and Israel

March 22, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada is very pleased that Turkey and Israel have agreed to resume normal diplomatic relations after several years of difficulty and strain. Canada believes constructive and productive relations between these two important states are crucial for regional stability and security, and will have broader benefits as well.

“Canada has consistently and actively encouraged both of our allies to overcome their differences. We recognize that today’s first step still leaves work to be done, and we offer our good offices in dealing with any outstanding issues should either feel we can be of assistance.

“Canada stands ready to work with Turkey and Israel to confront the full range of challenges being faced in the region and to make the Middle East more peaceful and stable.”

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