Parliamentary Secretary Oliphant to travel to Egypt and Morocco

News release

May 7, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that the Honourable Robert Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will visit Egypt and Morocco from May 8 to 12, 2022.

In Cairo, Egypt, Parliamentary Secretary Oliphant will meet with government officials, as well as local and regional partners, to discuss climate change, food security, regional peace and security and human rights.

In Marrakesh and Rabat, Morocco, Parliamentary Secretary Oliphant will engage with government officials on trade, climate change and peace and security, as well as commemorate 60 years of strong bilateral relations between Canada and Morocco. He will also attend a ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh, where members will review the Coalition’s progress and discuss the threat posed by Daesh in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, as well as in Africa.


“Egypt and Morocco are important partners and friends of Canada. I look forward to discussing our shared priorities and to further strengthening our bilateral collaboration for the benefit of our citizens and countries.”

- Robert Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • Egypt is one of Canada’s largest trading partners in the Middle East and Africa. The bilateral commercial relations between the countries are broad in scope: in 2021, two-way merchandise trade was valued at $1.9 billion.

  • In 2021, Morocco was Canada’s fourth-largest bilateral merchandise trading partner in Africa, with bilateral merchandise trade reaching a value of over $1.14 billion.

  • Canada is a committed member of the Global Coalition against Daesh. Since 2016, Canada has contributed over $4 billion in military, security, stabilization, humanitarian and development assistance through the Middle East Strategy in response to the crises in Syria and Iraq.

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