Parliamentary Secretary Oliphant to travel to the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Lebanon

News release

November 3, 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 the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), Oman and Lebanon from November 3 to 11, 2022.

In Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, Parliamentary Secretary Oliphant will meet with senior officials to discuss key priorities and further advance work on the Canada-U.A.E. Joint Committee for Cooperation, which was established earlier this year.

Parliamentary Secretary Oliphant will then travel to Muscat, Oman, where he will meet with government representatives to explore potential partnership opportunities and advance collaboration on shared priorities, including trade and regional security.

In Beirut, Lebanon, Parliamentary Secretary Oliphant will meet with senior Lebanese officials, as well as with stakeholders and partners, to better understand the situation on the ground since the Port of Beirut explosion in 2020 and the needs of the Lebanese people in the context of the economic crisis facing the country.


“Canada is proud to work with its friends and partners in the Middle East, a region with a rich history and culture that makes valuable contributions to the world. I look forward to meeting with keys officials to explore how we can work more closely together to advance shared priorities and support regional security.”

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

Quick facts

  • In July 2022, Canada and the U.A.E a memorandum of understanding to establish the Canada-U.A.E. Joint Cooperation Agreement. The agreement allows Canada and the U.A.E. to work more closely together on shared priorities, including trade, energy security and climate action.

  • In April 2021, Canada and the Sultanate of Oman held their first-ever bilateral consultations aimed at further strengthening bilateral ties, and exchanging views on issues of regional and international peace and security.  

  • Since 2016, Canada has committed over $475 million for Lebanon in humanitarian, development, and security and stabilization assistance. 

  • Canada and Lebanon enjoy strong people-to-people ties, as Canada is home to approximately 400,000 Lebanese-Canadians.

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