Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:
“Canada welcomes this ceasefire and hopes that terrorist cells based in Gaza will abide by the terms of this agreement.
“We are deeply concerned about the loss of innocent lives on both sides and hope this agreement will end the fear, violence and death of the past days.
“In my conversations with regional ambassadors and counterparts, I have reiterated Canada’s support for Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorism, which, in all its forms, must be wholly rejected by all peace-loving people around the world.
“Canada appreciates the concerted efforts taken by the Egyptian government, with the support of others, to mediate the ceasefire agreement.”
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