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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Global and Mail reports on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Israel. Harper was in Tel Aviv as a part of his current Middle East tour. The PM received an honourary doctorate from Tel Aviv University and expressed his thoughts on the Jewish state and the current conflict in Syria.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited the Zaatari refugee camp for Syrian refugees today to see first hand the living conditions of residents and the current humanitarian assistance available to them. Harper also traveled south to the ancient city of Petra, a popular destination for tourists and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Jordan’s Minister of Media Affairs and official government spokesperson Mohammed Momani stressed the important of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s current trip to the kingdom. The two countries signed a free trade agreement that came into effect in 2012 and are looking to further strengthen bilateral relations and economic cooperation.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper continues his visit to the Middle East. Today he was in Amman and met with Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour to discuss further opportunities for economic cooperation between the two countries. Canada will provide Jordan with $100 million over the next five years to assist in further developing the country’s infrastructure. Waves of Syrian refugees are adding to the “burden” already placed upon Jordan by Palestinian refugees.