Baird allegedly made 'inappropriate and derogatory remarks' to Maldives official

OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is in hot water with the Maldives government.

Maldives President Mohamed Waheed has complained to Prime Minister Stephen Harper about Baird’s conduct during recent Commonwealth meetings in New York.

Waheed alleges Baird made “inappropriate and derogatory remarks” and “posed several harshly worded questions” to his acting foreign minister.

A statement posted today on the Maldives president’s website says Baird’s conduct has “put unnecessary pressure on an otherwise excellent relationship” between Canada and the small island nation in the Indian Ocean.

Waheed alleges the comments were made during a meeting of Commonwealth foreign ministers on the sidelines of last month’s United Nations general assembly.

A spokesman for Baird has yet to respond to a request for comment.

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