November 16, 2011
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Israel’s Minister of Defence and Deputy Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, discuss the regional security situation in the Middle East as well as recent developments in the Middle East peace process at a meeting in Ottawa.
Canada’s long-standing position has been that lasting peace can only be achieved through negotiations between the two parties. Canada urges them to resume direct peace talks without delay or preconditions on the basis of the September 23, 2011, Middle East Quartet Statement. Canada is committed to helping to achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting solution in the Middle East, whereby two states live side by side in peace and security.
The two ministers also discussed possible next steps following the International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran’s nuclear program. According to a recent statement to the press by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, “the regime in Tehran represents probably the most significant threat in the world to global peace and security.”