(Jerusalem) – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman met in Jerusalem, January 18, and re-affirmed the importance of the Canada-Israel relationship and committed to strengthening co-operation even further.
The meeting comes one year after Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Israel and the signing of a Canada-Israel Strategic Partnership Memorandum of Understanding.
“The first anniversary of the signing of the strategic partnership provides an opportunity for Foreign Affairs Minister Lieberman and I to renew our dedication to building a strong and vibrant partnership,” said Baird.
“To that end, today marks a new chapter in Canada-Israel relations and celebrates the substantial progress made since Prime Minister Harper’s visit. The 2015 Joint Declaration of Solidarity and Friendship highlights this partnership and outlines steps both our nations will take to increase collaboration on diplomatic, trade and development files.”
In Israel, Baird is meeting with a number of other senior political figures, including President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Baird also met with opposition politicians, including Moshe Kahlon.
“Canada and Israel share similar views on the world stage,” said Baird. “Canada strongly supports Israel’s right to defend itself by itself and its right to live in peace with its neighbours. Canada will fight any efforts internationally to delegitimize the State of Israel, including the disturbing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement.”
During his visit, Minister Baird announced the following projects and signed the following memorandums of understanding:
- Canada-Israel Joint Declaration of Solidarity and Friendship
- Memorandum of Understanding – An Enduring Diplomatic Partnership: Foreign Ministry Cooperation
- Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Public Diplomacy Cooperation
- Declaration of Intent Between Canada and Israel on Enhancing Trade Promotion
- Addition of Israel to the Automatic Firearms Country Control List