Minister Ablonczy to Attend OAS General Assembly in Guatemala

June 2, 2013 - The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), departs today for Guatemala, where she will represent Canada at the 43rd Regular Session of the Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly, the hemisphere’s premier multilateral meeting.

During the General Assembly, which will be held in the city of La Antigua, Minister Ablonczy will participate in formal plenary sessions where she and other OAS Members will hear the views of civil society actors and Permanent Observers. The Minister will also meet with ministerial colleagues to underscore Canada’s engagement in the Americas and support for a strong OAS, a crucial multilateral forum for cooperation with hemispheric partners.

“Canada is committed to being a strong and reliable neighbour in the Americas,” said Minister Ablonczy. “Through our close cooperation with our partners in the OAS, Canada is helping to strengthen security and increase economic opportunity for all citizens of the Americas.”

During her trip, the Minister will also visit Guatemala City, where she will meet with Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz, Guatemala’s Attorney General, and then with senior officials from Guatemala’s Ministry of Interior. Discussions will focus on a wide range of issues, including hemispheric security, access to justice and human rights and growing bilateral trade and investment.

“Canada’s relations with Guatemala continue to grow and diversify,” said Minister Ablonczy. “I look forward to exploring ways of further strengthening ties between our two countries.”

Canada has been a strong and effective member of the OAS for nearly 25 years and has made important contributions to the organization’s collective achievements.

For more information, please consult the Organization of American States and General Assembly 2013.

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Office of the Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs)
613-944-2300

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