Category: Canada

‘Saudi embassy in Canada following the course of investigation into the death of a Saudi child at day care,’ Al-Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), 9 March 2014

A four-month-old Saudi child has died at an unlicensed day care run by a Canadian woman out of her private apartment in Toronto, Ontario. The Saudi embassy in Ottawa is waiting for Canadian authorities to complete their investigation into the child’s death before taking the necessary legal action. Continue reading

‘Branch of “General Dynamics” in Canada wins $13 billion contract in Saudi Arabia,’ al-Bawabh News (Egypt), 16 February 2014

The Canadian division of US weapons-maker General Dynamics has won a contract to provide Saudi Arabia with light armoured vehicles, services and training worth up to $13 billion dollars. The deal is expected to generate 3,000 Canadian jobs annually. Continue reading

‘Canada’s Moroccan community angry at closing of “Dar Al Maghrib” in Montreal,’ ChoufTV (Morocco), 30 January 2014

The Moroccan community of Montreal is upset at the sudden and indefinite closure of the “Dar Al Maghrib” cultural centre due to flooding. Moroccans are left searching for new schools for their children to learn Arabic in. The Moroccan cultural centre was opened two years ago by Princess Lalla Hasna.

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‘Canadian Foreign Ministry: What has been achieved in Yemen is a historical accomplishment,’ al-Thawra News (Yemen), 31 January 2014

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird recently congratulated Yemen on the success of its National Dialogue Conference. Baird considered the conference a historical achievement, paving the way for freedom, democracy, human rights and the Rule of Law in Yemen. The Foreign Minister also confirmed that Canada will continue to support Yemen during this period of political transition.

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‘Canada, Israel and the Arabs,’ al-Ittihad (UAE), 2 February 2014

How does Stephen Harper’s Middle East foreign policy line up with historical Canadian policy with regards to the Israel-Palestine issue? al-Ittihad contends that Harper has completely deviated from past policies, and that his unwavering support for Israel has unsettled even some of his conservative support base back home.

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‘Prime Minister welcomes Canadian cooperation to develop and repair railways,’ al-Bawabh News (Egypt), 27 January 2014

The CEO of Canadian aerospace and transportation company Bombardier was in Cairo this week to meet with Egyptian government officials. The two sides discussed opportunities for cooperation in Egypt, with a focus on improving the country’s railways.

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‘Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs meets Council of Arab League Ambassadors at headquarters of Palestinian Delegation,’ Ma’an (Palestine), 10 January 2014

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs met in Ottawa with Arab ambassadors to discuss Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s upcoming trip to the region. Baird has forged a good personal relationship with the Palestinian ambassador to Canada, who hoped that Harper’s trip to Palestine will help strengthen bilateral relations.

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‘Egyptian Foreign Minister meets his Canadian counterpart to discuss bilateral relations,’ al-Mogaz (Egypt), 23 January 2014

The foreign ministers of Egypt and Canada met on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos to discuss regional issues in the Middle East of mutual interest, especially the crisis in Syria and Geneva II, as well as how to develop Egyptian-Canadian bilateral relations.

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‘Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs: Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal,” el-Nashra (Lebanon), 20 January 2014

The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that Israeli settlements in the West Bank violate UNSC resolutions and that Canada does not recognize Israeli control over Palestinian territory taken in 1967.

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‘Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs meets our ambassador,’ ar-Raya (Qatar), 10 January 2014

At a meeting of Arab ambassadors to Canada in Ottawa earlier this month, John Baird met briefly with Qatar’s ambassador to Canada, weeks ahead of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s first visit to the Middle East. The Canadian embassy in Qatar opened in 2012, before then, consular services were handled in Kuwait.

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