Baird Returns to Latin America

July 26, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced that he will visit seven countries in Latin America from July 28 to August 9, 2013, to advance Canada’s engagement in the Americas—a region of priority for Canada.

“Our government continues to make engagement in the Americas a priority for our future prosperity and security in the hemisphere,” said Baird. “We will continue to work with our partners in the Americas to increase economic opportunities, improve security, strengthen institutions and foster a lasting relationship between our people. This engagement has benefited, and will continue to benefit, the region and Canadians as well.”

This is Baird’s second trip to Latin America this year, which builds on Prime Minister Harper’s visit to the region in May. During his visit, Baird will meet with various government leaders, and with local and Canadian business representatives, to discuss how Canada can work together with the Americas to make the hemisphere a more prosperous and secure place, as well as to explore opportunities for Canadians to do business and increase trade.

The Minister will pay bilateral visits to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil. While in Brazil, he will engage in the second annual Strategic Partnership Dialogue with Brazil’s foreign minister. The Strategic Partnership Dialogue was launched in October 2012 in Ottawa.

Canada’s engagement in the Americas envisions a more prosperous, secure and democratic hemisphere. To learn more about Canada’s engagement in the Americas, visit The Americas: Our Neighbours, Our Priority.

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