Canadian FM visits Egypt to discuss regional security

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is in Egypt on a two day trip to meet political and religious leaders, including President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.
It is Baird’s second visit to Egypt in less than a year, according to the Canadian government’s foreign affairs website. On Wednesday, he is scheduled to visit Luxor to meet “young leaders” and discuss the country’s economic future and democratic transition.
On Thursday, Baird is set to meet with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry to “discuss issues of regional security, including the international fight against terrorism”, the statement continues.
No direct mention is made on the government website of Baird’s intention to cover the case of imprisoned Canadian-Egyptian journalist Mohamed Fahmy. However, the statement refers to “important consular issues”. The foreign minister confirmed to the Canadian press before his departure: “While I’m [in Egypt], I’ll certainly take the opportunity as I have in the past, to raise Mr. Fahmy’s case.”
“Canada has been an ardent supporter of Egypt’s efforts to build a stable, inclusive, prosperous and democratic country based on respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law,” said Baird. “This trip will be an opportunity to further advance these priorities.”
“Canada views Egypt as an important player in the Middle East, as we saw with its work in brokering a ceasefire last year in Gaza,” said Baird. “We look forward to working closely to strengthen our political, economic, trade and social linkages, to the benefit of both countries.”

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