Baird Meets With Latin American Counterparts at OAS General Assembly
June 3, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is meeting this week with his counterparts from Chile, Guatemala, Panama and Paraguay to discuss issues of interest and priority for Canada and the hemisphere. Topics to be covered include human rights, democracy and security challenges in the region as well as reform of the Organization of American States (OAS). The meetings are taking place on the margins of the OAS General Assembly, which is being held in Asunción, Paraguay, from June 3 to 5, 2014.
“Strengthening our engagement in the Americas is a foreign policy priority for Canada,” Baird said. “We see the OAS as the key multilateral forum in the hemisphere and will continue to be fully engaged.”
The meetings follow Baird’s first official visit to Argentina, where he paid respects to victims of past human rights abuses and to victims of the terrorist bombings that took place in Buenos Aires in 1992 and 1994. He also discussed topics of mutual interest with Héctor Timerman, his Argentine counterpart, and met with government officials, Canadian companies and others interested in furthering Canada-Argentina relations.
Baird is travelling to Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and Ecuador from June 1 to 6, 2014, to advance Canada’s engagement in the Americas by reinforcing regional cooperation and collaboration, advancing economic opportunities, promoting Canadian values and fostering meaningful and lasting relationships.
For more information on Canada’s engagement in the Americas, please visit The Americas: Our Neighbours, Our Priority and Panorama, a new interactive web-based mapping tool and database that showcases Canadian programming investments in the Americas that support Canada’s engagement in the region. For more information on Baird’s visit, please consult Baird Visits Latin America.
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