September 23, 2011
New York City
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird meets with Riad Malki, the Palestinian Authority’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, in New York City on September 22, 2011.
The meeting took place in advance of the Palestinians’ expected submission of an application to seek UN membership prior to reaching a negotiated agreement with Israel.
Canada expressed its deep concern about and opposition to such a unilateral move. Minister Baird conveyed Canada’s position that the only route to peace was through an agreement negotiated by both parties.
Canada urges both parties to return to the negotiating table to reach agreement on a firm and lasting peace.