Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly held a bilateral discussion yesterday with Eli Cohen, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel, a news release said.
MinisterJoly discussed with Minister Cohen Canada and Israel’s strong, multidimensional and enduring friendship, driven by close people-to-people ties.
Canada being home to the world’s third largest Jewish diaspora. Minister Joly congratulated Israel on its upcoming 75th anniversary and highlighted this important milestone.
Underscoring Canada’s support of democracy, the rule of law and the institutions that uphold them, Minister Joly added that Canada and Israel’s relationship is also rooted in a history of shared values.
Strengthening efforts in the face of shared global security concerns, including Russia’s illegal full-scale invasion of Ukraine as well as security threats by the Iranian regime were also discussed by the ministers.
Reiterating Canada’s steadfast commitment to the people of Israel’s right to live in peace and security, and reaffirming Canada’s unequivocal condemnation of all acts of terrorism and of violence against civilians, Minister Joly conveyed her condolences regarding recent attacks against Israeli civilians, including the March 9 terrorist attack in Tel Aviv.
While voicing Canada’s deep concerns over the recent escalation of violence in Israel and the West Bank, Minister Joly stressed the need to engage in meaningful actions to restore calm and ease tensions.
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