The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement: “As a close friend of the Lebanese people, Canada commemorates 100 years since the founding of modern Lebanon. While this is a significant occasion worth celebrating, it also marks a turning point for the country.
Nearly three decades ago, Canada became the first Western country to recognize the independence of Ukraine and since then has been proud to work closely with Ukrainians on their journey to becoming a vibrant and peaceful democracy.
On this day, we honour the bravery and dedication of humanitarian workers, who work tirelessly to provide life-saving support and protection to the people most in need around the world. Every day, these real-life heroes put their own lives on the line to offer life-saving care, such as food, water, protection and health services, in response to communities affected by crises.
Today’s guilty verdict by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon [STL] concerning Salim Ayyash in the Ayyash et al. case is a significant milestone for justice in that country. It is the culmination of 11 years of work by dedicated STL officials and numerous others to pursue accountability following the 2005 assassination of Lebanon’s then-prime minister Rafik Hariri and the killing of 21 others.
Canada welcomes the announcement made today by Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the United States that Israel and the UAE will begin normalizing relations. We see this as a historic and positive step toward peace and security in the region.
We, a group of concerned countries including members of the Lima Group, the International Contact Group, the European Union, the United States, and others, call upon all Venezuelans, of all ideological tendencies and party affiliations, whether civilian or military, to put the interests of Venezuela above politics and engage urgently in support of a process shaped and driven by Venezuelans to establish an inclusive transitional government that will lead the country into free and fair presidential elections, sooner not later.