Canada Calls for Calm after Egyptian Coup

July 3, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

"Canada urges all parties in Egypt to remain calm, avoid violence and engage in meaningful political dialogue. This is important not only for Egypt, but, given Egypt’s influence, for the whole region as well.

"Canada firmly believes that implementing a transparent democratic system that respects the voices of its citizens, and that encourages and respects the contributions of civil society and all other segments of the population—including religious minorities—is the best way to restore calm and give all Egyptians a stake in the future stability and prosperity of Egypt.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in the political violence of the past several days and wish a speedy recovery for those injured.

"All Egyptians have the right to live in a free, democratic and secure society."

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