Baird Wraps Up Successful Trip to Latin America

August 9, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today wrapped up a successful seven-country trip through Latin America. The visit, which took place from July 28 to August 9, 2013, is part of Canada’s ongoing engagement in the Americas—a region of priority for Canada.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to meet with leaders and foreign ministers of these seven countries to discuss ways we can continue to work together to enhance prosperity, democracy, the rule of law and security in the Americas,” said Baird. “The Americas continue to be a priority for our government, and this trip has allowed us to further strengthen our friendships as well as forge new relationships with these countries and the Americas as a whole. Countries in the hemisphere, including Canada, will benefit from the work we’ve done and will continue to do with our neighbours in the Americas.”

During his trip, Baird paid bilateral visits to leaders and foreign ministers in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil.

In Colombia, he announced Canada’s support for Colombians affected by internal armed conflict and for enhanced security in Colombia and other countries in the region. In Chile, he announced a joint initiative with Chile to help combat crime in Central America. In Paraguay, he announced a new program to strengthen legislative transparency and advance open governance in Paraguay. In Brazil, he held the second annual Strategic Partnership Dialogue with Brazil’s foreign minister.

This is Baird’s second visit to Latin America this year, following his trip in February, and builds on Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to the region in May.

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.

To view photos of the bilateral meetings that took place during Baird’s trip, visit Photo Releases.

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