This Web page has been archived on the Web

Information identified as archived is provided for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived. Please contact us to request a format other than those available.

Baird Meets with Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister

January 18, 2015 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today met with Riad Malki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian Authority, and issued the following statement:

“Minister Malki and I held cordial and constructive talks today in the West Bank, discussing key regional issues, as well as the Middle East Peace Process.

“As friends, we have candid and frank exchanges on areas where we differ in opinion. I appreciate the Minister’s views and counsel, and I know we share the same desire for peace and prosperity for the Palestinian people.

“I asked that the Minister strongly reconsider the consequences of moving forward with any action that may be counterproductive to a negotiated solution with the State of Israel.

“A desire for a future of peace, prosperity, stability and security for both Palestinians and Israelis must drive both parties toward direct negotiations.

“Today, we reaffirmed our will to work together on these matters at this crucial time.”

For more information about Canada’s relations with the Palestinian Authority, visit Representative Office of Canada to the Palestinian Authority.

For more information about the visit, please consult Baird Visits Egypt, Israel and the West Bank.

- 30 -

For further information, media representatives may contact:

Rick Roth
Director of Communications
Office of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird

Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Follow us on Twitter: @CanadaFP
Like us on Facebook: Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada-DFATD