The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Tzipi Livni, Israel’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, met today in Jerusalem. They discussed the full range of interests between Canada and Israel, and matters of mutual concern in the Middle East region.
During the meeting, they announced that Canada and Israel will mark their 60th year of diplomatic bilateral relations in 2009. The two countries look forward to highlighting this important anniversary and to showcasing the breadth and depth of the relationship between two democratic allies. This relationship is founded on close political, economic, social, cultural and academic ties and support for the shared values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
Canada and Israel established diplomatic relations on May 11, 1949. Since then, bilateral relations have expanded to include a free trade agreement and close coordination on many issues. Minister Cannon and Minister Livni expressed their expectation that the 60th anniversary would help propel relations to an even higher level.