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Canada and Qatar clash over reference to Palestine

Canadian officials refuse to sign off on joint statement mentioning ‘Palestinian issue’


 

Friction between Canada and the Arab world continues to heat up. Most recently, Qatari officials publicly lambasted Canada for refusing to include a Palestine reference in the final statement of a three-day summit between the G8 and Arab countries last week. Canadian officials were in Doha for the Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative, a multilateral program aimed at “enhancing an open and inclusive dialogue between governments and civil society on issues of political and economic reform and human development” in order to create partnerships and foster open dialogue to advance the progress and development of the region, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. The Initiative’s main event is a Forum of the Future, which aims to bring together about 20 countries from the North Africa and the Middle East region, G8 members and hundreds of representatives from civil society and business groups. On Jan. 13, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon co-chaired the 7th Forum of the Future. However, a joint statement wasn’t released because, according to the state-run Qatar News Agency, Canada “insisted that the statement should exclude a paragraph on the Palestinian issue.” Canadian officials have said negotiations are still ongoing, but this adds to tensions between Canada and the region, which have been mounting because of the country’s dispute with the United Arab Emirates and its pro-Israel policies.

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Canada and Qatar clash over reference to Palestine

  1. Cannon once more illustrates his inability to do his job, but was he allowed too?
    Rae is correct to say that these statements are always worked out well in advance by officials. What happened this time?
    Was there last minute interference by parties unknown? Did the Qataris pull a fast one?
    It has all the makings of a decision made by the “micro manager in chief“ back in Ottawa that ensures, that not one word that could be interpreted as anything other than his unconditional support for any and every action that the Israeli government might have made, is making or will ever make is allowed on the public record.

  2. Cannon once more illustrates his inability to do his job, but was he allowed too?
    Rae is correct to say that these statements are always worked out well in advance by officials. What happened this time?
    Was there last minute interference by parties unknown? Did the Qataris pull a fast one?
    It has all the makings of a decision made by the “micro manager in chief“ back in Ottawa that ensures, that not one word that could be interpreted as anything other than his unconditional support for any and every action that the Israeli government might have made, is making or will ever make is allowed on the public record.

    • Your comment has no merit. It is a failure.

      • Your comment has no content, so it's not even a failure.

  3. It's time to strength Canadian position in Midle East politics. Germany and France are doing it already.

  4. It's time to strength Canadian position in Midle East politics. Germany and France are doing it already.

  5. It'd be nice if a little more information was presented here. The key information is missing. That information being what the paragraph actually said, or why specifically Canada objected to it.

    Here's the link to the Embassy article, which adds a little more, but unfortunately not much: http://www.embassymag.ca/page/view/palestine-01-2

  6. It'd be nice if a little more information was presented here. The key information is missing. That information being what the paragraph actually said, or why specifically Canada objected to it.

    Here's the link to the Embassy article, which adds a little more, but unfortunately not much: http://www.embassymag.ca/page/view/palestine-01-2

    • It's way more entertaining this way; as it stands we can all assume whatever details we want so as to fit with our personal biases. ;-)

      • Lol, that's a rather cynical form of humour, but I read you. :)

  7. Arab dictators need to demonize Israel by using the Palestinians in order to justify their brutality against the people.
    Dictators are particularly worried now with the situations in Tunisia and Egypt. Arab people are starting to realize that their lives suck because of their own governments, not Israel.
    Arab dictators have controlled the messaging coming from the United Nations and other forums for years, it's about time the civilized world called them out.

  8. Arab dictators need to demonize Israel by using the Palestinians in order to justify their brutality against the people.
    Dictators are particularly worried now with the situations in Tunisia and Egypt. Arab people are starting to realize that their lives suck because of their own governments, not Israel.
    Arab dictators have controlled the messaging coming from the United Nations and other forums for years, it's about time the civilized world called them out.

    • I would say that Israeli leaders are probably also worried about losing their despot allies in Arab governments…

  9. More details on Canada's 'participation' here: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/qatar/canada-blamed

    Canada blamed for failure to issue communique at the Forum for the Future in Qatar

    Canada's inflexibility and insistence on not including a reference to Palestine has stalled efforts to issue a communiqué at the end of the Forum for the Future, Qatari officials have said

    By Habib Toumi, Bahrain Bureau Chief
    Published: 18:30 January 14, 2011

  10. More details on Canada's 'participation' here: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/qatar/canada-blamed

    Canada blamed for failure to issue communique at the Forum for the Future in Qatar

    Canada's inflexibility and insistence on not including a reference to Palestine has stalled efforts to issue a communiqué at the end of the Forum for the Future, Qatari officials have said

    By Habib Toumi, Bahrain Bureau Chief
    Published: 18:30 January 14, 2011

  11. I would say that Israeli leaders are probably also worried about losing their despot allies in Arab governments…

  12. What else would anyone expect from Harper? He is no different than some spoiled 2 year old screaming for candy in a store, His behaviour on the international scene is appalling and a total embarrassment to Canada.
    I doubt that he could even bring himself to say Palestine or Palestinians let alone care what happens to them.

  13. What else would anyone expect from Harper? He is no different than some spoiled 2 year old screaming for candy in a store, His behaviour on the international scene is appalling and a total embarrassment to Canada.
    I doubt that he could even bring himself to say Palestine or Palestinians let alone care what happens to them.

    • You must believe Canadians stupid to expect them to believe your point of view!

  14. How can one reference that which does not exist? Not sure what Qatar is angry about.

  15. How can one reference that which does not exist? Not sure what Qatar is angry about.

  16. It's way more entertaining this way; as it stands we can all assume whatever details we want so as to fit with our personal biases. ;-)

  17. Your comment has no merit. It is a failure.

  18. You must believe Canadians stupid to expect them to believe your point of view!

  19. Lol, that's a rather cynical form of humour, but I read you. :)

  20. Your comment has no content, so it's not even a failure.

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