Hope In Palestine, Concerns Over Iran

Canada's role in the Mideast will continue to evolve, suggest FAC spokesperson & Israel's Ambassador

Peter Schneider
Published: Wednesday, 02/09/2005 12:00 am EST

Hot on the heels of his good friend, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew arrived in the Middle East on a weeklong visit that was to include stops in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria before concluding Feb. 12. His trip coincides with a new feeling of promise in the region, as expressed by both Palestinian and Israeli leaders at the Sharm el Sheikh summit in Egypt on Feb. 8. With Ariel Sharon and newly-elected Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas moving rapidly back to renewed dialogue after years of stalled talks, it seems an auspicious time for Canada to assert its intentions on the world stage. So far, Canada is playing it cool, preferring to listen and consult, before making any sweeping gestures of support for peacebuilding and reconstruction.

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