Canada Concerned Following Collapse of Lebanese Government

March 23, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada is concerned by the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati and key members of his government. We commend Mr. Mikati for his service to Lebanon and for his stabilizing influence regionally.

“Today's developments could embolden Hezbollah, increasing volatility in Lebanon, and undermine efforts to hold a fair and peaceful national election in June.

“We recognize the importance of rapidly forming a new government, as the country is facing serious domestic and regional challenges. In the meantime, we encourage dialogue through the formation of an interim government that will continue the difficult work begun by the outgoing administration and call for calm during this important time.”

Canadians in Lebanon are encouraged to register online with the Registration of Canadians Abroad system. The Government of Canada currently advises avoiding all non-essential travel to Lebanon; for more information, visit Country travel advice and advisories for Lebanon.

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