Baird Meets Counterparts, Discusses Syria and Commonwealth in New York
September 28, 2012 – New York City - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today met with his counterparts on the margins of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
“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 attended meetings of the Friends of the Syrian People and the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York, September 28, 2012.
Baird met with Paul Bhatti, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on National Harmony. On September 26, Dr. Bhatti participated in an event co-hosted by Canada on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. Earlier this year, Dr. Bhatti’s late brother, Shabhaz Bhatti, received Canada’s John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award.
While meeting with Giulio Terzi di Sant'agata, Foreign Minister of Italy, Baird once again thanked Italy for agreeing to serve as Canada’s protecting power in Iran. This further demonstrates the strong ties between Canada and Italy.
During a meeting with his counterpart, Mourad Medelci, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria, Baird said he was very pleased to co-chair with Algeria the Sahel Working Group of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum.
Baird also met with Nebojsa Kaludjerovic, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro. He took the opportunity to congratulate Montenegro on its democratic transformation and ongoing reform efforts.
“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.”
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