Lagos - Canada Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Stéphane Dion, travel to Nigeria beginning this weekend as part of a week long,
He will also visit Ethiopia and Kenya.
This first visit by Dion to sub-Saharan Africa will
highlight the importance Canada attaches to strengthening bilateral relations
with African partners. Canada will also seek to advance its interests in the
areas of peace, stability, security and the rule of law, including support for
the International Criminal Court.
The minister will also announce a number of new projects for
the region that support our shared interests in these areas.
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This visit will also demonstrate the importance of the
African Union, headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Dion will build on Canada’s bilateral relationship with
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and largest economy.
He will co-chair the bi-national commission that will focus
on governance and security issues, such as counter-terrorism efforts and the
humanitarian crisis in the northeast of the country.
- CAJ News