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Foreign affairs minister John Baird News

Canada will get tougher on foreign corruption, bribery

Ottawa - After allegations were made that Canadian companies bribed officials in Libya and Chad, Canada has introduced a bill providing greater penalties for foreign corruption and making it easier to charge Canadian individuals and companies.

Canada temporarily closes three Middle East embassies

Ottawa - The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade announced Canada's embassies in Egypt, Sudan, and Libya, will be closed for at least one day in light of the ongoing violence in those countries.

Canada suspends diplomatic relations with Iran

Ottawa - Canada has closed its embassy in Tehran and has ordered all Iranian diplomats currently in Canada expelled. Canada has also declared Iran to be a state sponsor of terrorism.

Canada orders investigation into its embassy in Denmark

Ottawa - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird ordered the probe after receiving allegations of serious misconduct by diplomats at Canada's embassy in Copenhagen.

Canada imposes further sanctions on Syria

Ottawa - In light of the increasing violence in Syria, Canada has announced more sanctions against the country in an attempt to put further pressure on the Assad regime.

Canada promises $10 million for Libyan weapons disarmament

Tripoli - Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird was in Libya today, where he met with Mustafa Abdul-Jalil. Baird promised Canada would give $10 million to the NTC to fund weapon recovery and disarmament.
 

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Canada s Foreign Minister John Baird speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parlia...
Canada's Foreign Minister John Baird speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa
With permission by Reuters / Chris Wattie