RAMALLAH, West Bank — Dozens of Palestinian protesters have hurled eggs and shoes at the convoy of the visiting Canadian foreign minister.
John Baird was in Ramallah on Sunday to meet Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki.
Protesters also held signs reading: “Baird you are not welcome in Palestine.” Activists from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party earlier called for a boycott of Baird because of Canada’s perceived pro-Israel stance.
Baird is in the region for five days of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials.
In a statement, Baird described his meeting with Malki as “cordial and constructive” and included “candid and frank exchanges on areas where we differ in opinion.”
Canada is opposed to the recent Palestinian bid to pursue war crime charges against Israel.
Baird’s statement says he asked Malki to “strongly reconsider the consequences of moving forward with any action that may be counterproductive to a negotiated solution with the State of Israel.”
It was also his first meeting with the Palestinian Authority since the United Nations Security Council blocked a Palestinian motion to set a three-year deadline for the establishment of a Palestinian state on lands occupied by Israel.
Baird has spoken out against the move, as he has with similar Palestinian statehood initiatives at the U.N.
He now heads back to Israel to continue his consultations.
With files from The Canadian Press