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Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of International Development on World Refugee Day

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The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement: “It is tragic that the number of our fellow human beings forcibly displaced from their homes continues to rise year after year. By the end of 2019, over 26 million adults and children had been forced to flee persecution and violence and rely on the generosity of host countries and local communities."

Statement to mark International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

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The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs; the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence; and the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued the following statement: “Today, we pay tribute to past and present United Nations peacekeepers who put themselves at risk in the service of peace around the world.

G7 statement on Belarus

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We, the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union condemn in the strongest terms the unprecedented action by the Belarusian authorities in arresting independent journalist, Raman Pratasevich and his companion, Sofia Sopega, after forcing Flight FR4978 on which they were travelling to land in Minsk on 23 May.

Canada condemns arrest of President, Prime Minister and other members of Mali’s transitional authority

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“Canada joins the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union and members of the international community in strongly condemning the arrest and detention by the Malian military of President Bah Ndaw, Prime Minister Moctar Ouane and members of the government. Canada calls for their immediate release and a return to the civilian-led transition process to establish democratic stability...

Statement on Syria’s upcoming presidential elections 

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Canada denounces Syria’s decision to hold presidential elections tomorrow, May 26, amidst ongoing human rights abuses and grave violations of international law perpetrated by the Assad regime.

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