September 27, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today met with his counterparts on the margins of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
“I am pleased to have met with several of my counterparts to advance the values and ideals that make our country great and serve as a model for the world: a pluralistic civil society that respects fundamental freedoms, democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” said Baird.
Baird met with Eka Tkeshelashvili, Vice Prime Minister and State Minister for Re-Integration of Georgia. In this, their first meeting, the ministers discussed Georgia’s integration into NATO. Baird expressed gratitude for Georgia’s substantial contribution in Afghanistan, where Georgia has some 800 troops.
Baird also met with Ashour Bin Khayal, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Libya. The pair discussed Libya's commitment and determination to its democratic transition, its efforts to holding elections under tight timeframes, as well as the security situation in the country.
Baird and Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain, discussed issues of mutual interest and concern, including regional security throughout the Middle East.
“As a founding UN member and one of its leading contributors, Canada will speak out to fight for values and principles Canadians hold dear,” said Baird. “Canada has a strong team lined up to represent our country and our interests as the world again gathers in New York.”