Baird Highlights Role of Gulf Cooperation Council

Baird Highlights Role of Gulf Cooperation Council

September 27, 2013 - New York City - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird hosts a luncheon for the Gulf Cooperation Council on the margins of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the council’s increasing role in promoting global peace and security as well as shared interests in trade and investment.

“Canada recognizes—and values—the GCC’s increasingly important role in promoting global peace and security,” said Baird. “No better example was the GCC’s role in brokering a peaceful transfer of power in Yemen following the tumultuous period of the Arab Spring.

“Canada believes there is global interest for the GCC to take an increased role in regional security matters as well as global economic ones.”

During the luncheon, Baird proposed the establishment of a Canada-GCC Strategic Dialogue. A dialogue would allow members to discuss and collaborate on issues of concern and to advance shared interests related to stability and prosperity.

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