Baird to Travel to United Kingdom

February 11, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will travel to the United Kingdom from February 12 to 14, 2014, where he will attend the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade at the invitation of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales.

While in London, Baird will hold bilateral talks with British Foreign Secretary William Hague to refresh the Canada-United Kingdom Joint Declaration, originally endorsed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and British Prime Minister David Cameron in September 2011.

“Canada and the U.K. have made excellent progress on the commitments made under the joint declaration,” said Baird. “We have also identified a range of issues for enhanced bilateral collaboration, including a commitment to continue efforts to bring an end to sexual violence in conflict zones and to eliminate child, early and forced marriage.”

Minister Baird will also meet with a number of other key stakeholders to discuss issues of religious freedom and child, early and forced marriage.

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