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Minister Dion to travel to Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 > 09:10:47
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(Global Affairs Canada)



October 10, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada



The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that he will travel to Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras from October 12 to 14, 2016.



While in Mexico, Minister Dion will attend the first Canada-Mexico High-Level Strategic Dialogue as part of Canada’s renewed partnership with Mexico. Minister Dion will also meet with Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, to discuss how to strengthen the ties between the two countries.



While in Guatemala, Minister Dion will meet with Carlos Raúl Morales, Guatemala’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Minister Dion will also meet with victims of the country’s internal armed conflict and of human rights violations, and with human rights advocates and activists working on transitional justice; Indigenous rights; women’s rights; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and intersex (LGBTI) issues.



In Honduras, Minister Dion will meet with his counterpart, Honduras’ Minister of Foreign Affairs María Dolores Agüero, as well as with members of civil society organizations working to protect human rights defenders and to promote human rights, including women and children’s rights, and LGBTI rights.



In Guatemala and Honduras, Minister Dion will be accompanied by Pascal Paradis, Executive Director of Lawyers Without Borders Canada.



Quotes

“During the visit of Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto to Canada, our two countries agreed to renew and deepen their already close ties. We agreed that an important step would be to hold an annual high-level strategic dialogue that will focus on four themes: promoting shared and inclusive prosperity, fostering the safety and security of our people, strengthening connections and facilitating the mobility of our citizens, and demonstrating regional and global leadership. I am very happy to participate in this first dialogue.”



- Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs





“With the approach of the 20th anniversary of Guatemala’s peace accords, I look forward to meeting with representatives of the Government of Guatemala and civil society to take stock of the country’s progress toward a peaceful and just society and to consider the ways in which Canada can continue to play a supportive role.”



- Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“I look forward to continuing Canada’s long-standing and fruitful dialogue with Honduras, including the protection of human rights and marginalized youth.”



- Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Although often threatened, human-rights advocates have made a huge difference in defending the most vulnerable, upholding the rule of law and gaining ground in the fight against impunity. We look forward to having an exchange with Minister Dion and Lawyers Without Borders partners in the region.”



- Pascal Paradis, Executive Director, Lawyers Without Borders Canada



Quick facts

•Canada and Mexico are strategic North American partners with strong economic, political, social and cultural ties.

•Canada and Guatemala have maintained diplomatic relations since 1961 and are celebrating 40 years of development cooperation in 2016. Canada is actively engaged with Guatemala on a wide range of issues that includes human rights protection; justice and security; maternal, newborn and child health; corporate social responsibility; and climate change.

•Canada and Honduras have enjoyed a broad, diverse and growing relationship since 1961, including a free trade agreement, which entered into force in 2014. The Canadian bilateral development program in Honduras is the largest in Central America.

 


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