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Joint Statement by Ministers Garneau and Ng on recent developments in the Kyrgyz mining sector

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The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, today issued the following statement: “As a significant investment partner of the Kyrgyz Republic, Canada is very concerned about continued developments in the mining sector. We are disappointed with the decision taken at the extraordinary session of the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic on May 17 to move forward with the imposition of external management on the Kumtor Gold Company, and statements made during the parliamentary session that Kyrgyz control will be sought over a publically traded Canadian-based company with multiple international assets. This will potentially have far-reaching consequences on foreign direct investment in the Kyrgyz Republic.


Statement on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

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On this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, we call for an end to all forms of discrimination, exclusion and violence against people based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics.


Statement by Canada Following UN Security Council Session on the devastating violence in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza

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Canada is appalled by the ongoing violence, rising tensions, and the devastating loss of life. The toll —particularly on civilians, including women and children — has already been too great. Canada continues to express grave concerns over the escalating violence in Israel, West Bank, and Gaza. Canada joins its allies and friends in urging all parties to take steps to immediately end all violence, prevent further loss of life, protect all civilians, and de-escalate tensions. All parties must uphold international law.


Canada concerned about persistent violence in Colombia

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The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:“Canada is deeply saddened by the loss of life and injuries in Colombia over the last week.


Canada concerned by escalation of tensions in Jerusalem

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The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement: “Canada is following the situation in Jerusalem closely. We call for immediate de-escalation of tensions and for all sides to avoid any unilateral actions.


Statement by Minister Ng on intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

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Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, issued the following statement:“The Government of Canada remains committed to working with all international partners to reach a speedy and just end to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Statement by Minister Ng on Asian Heritage Month 

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This is a time of year to highlight the diversity of cultures and people from communities of Asian descent across Canada, to learn about the long and rich history of Asian Canadians, who helped build this country, and to recognize the extraordinary contributions Asian Canadians have made and continue to make to Canada.


Canada expresses condolences to Israel following Lag B’Omer tragedy

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The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement: "On behalf of all Canadians, I wish to express my deepest sympathies to the people of Israel and Jewish community in Canada after the tragedy at the Lag B’Omer festival, which resulted in countless injuries and over 40 deaths, including 2 Canadians.


Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on the conclusion of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention

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Canada is pleased that the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention adopted the draft decision entitled “Addressing the Possession and Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic.” This decision underscores the international community’s commitment to hold Syria to account for its possession and use of chemical weapons. The victims of the Syrian regime’s war crimes deserve to see those responsible held accountable for their heinous actions.


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