February 25, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), today issued the following statement upon arrival in Haiti for an official visit:
“After a week of parallel travels through Latin America and the Caribbean, we are pleased to team up for a visit to Haiti to see first-hand the status of economic reforms and to redouble our efforts to protect the rights of all Haitians.
“Canada is committed to Haiti for the long term, and we look forward to working closely with the Government of Haiti to ensure mutual goals and objectives are achieved.”
Canada remains a strong and dedicated partner to Haiti. Since 2006, Canada has contributed more than $1 billion to Haiti in such areas as security, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, rule of law, economic development, children and youth, governance and responses to humanitarian crises. Canada has also met its two-year commitment of $400 million to Haiti for post-earthquake reconstruction.
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