Tagged: Stephen Harper

‘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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‘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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‘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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‘Globe and Mail: Canadian Prime Minister paints a grim picture of the Middle East,’ el-Badil (Egypt), 23 January 2014

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.

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‘Canadian Prime Minister visits Zaatari refugee camp and Petra,’ al-Ghad (Jordan), 24 January 2014

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.

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‘Momani: Canadian Prime Minister’s visit is important for Jordan,’ Moheet (UAE), 23 January 2014

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.

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‘Prime Minister and his Canadian counterpart discuss bilateral relations and the latest developments in the region,’ ad-Dustour (Jordan), 23 January 2014

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.

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‘Canadian Prime Minister: We will maintain all of our sanctions against Iran,’ al-Mogaz (Egypt), 20 January 2014

While the interim agreement for Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for loosened sanctions upon the country comes into effect, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that his country will maintain all sanctions against Iran.

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‘Two Arab members of the Knesset walk out in rejection of Canadian Prime Minister’s speech,’ Shorouk News (Egypt), 21 January 2014

Two Arab legislators walked out of the Israeli Knesset on Tuesday, in an expression of their anger towards Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech in which he equated criticism of Israel to anti-Semitism. The day before, Harper met with PA President Mahmoud Abbas, announcing that Canada will start to give aid to the PA in support of the peace process.

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‘Canadian Prime Minister in Amman today,’ al-Rai (Jordan), 22 January 2014

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived in Amman today on an official visit to Jordan. The PM is scheduled to hold talks with King Abdullah II about the ways to strengthen bilateral relations, investment and tourism between the two countries, as well as current developments in the Middle East generally.

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