Statement by Minister of State Yelich on Two Canadians Detained in Egypt

October 5, 2013 - The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), today issued the following statement:

“Canada welcomes the decision to release Tarek Loubani and John Greyson.

“I look forward to Dr. Loubani and Mr. Greyson being reunited with their families and friends, who have shown tremendous strength during this difficult time.

“Minister Baird and I were in contact with senior Egyptian officials on numerous occasions concerning this case, and the Embassy of Canada to Egypt worked tirelessly to secure their release.

“We are facilitating Dr. Loubani and Mr. Greyson's departure from Egypt, and Canadian officials will continue to offer consular services to them and their families as needed.

“I wish to express our appreciation to the Egyptian authorities for providing consistent consular access.”

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