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DIPLOMATIC CIRCLES

Ottawa allows Maduro loyalists to run Venezuelan Embassy despite calling his government ‘illegitimate’

Canada has also recognized a representative of interim president Juan Guaidó, who says the ‘complicated’ situation shouldn’t be ‘rushed.’
But by boosting partnerships in the region Canada also risks alienating China, said academics and diplomats at a March 11 Ottawa talk.
‘We’ve taken each other for granted, maybe a little bit too much,’ says Salome Meyer, looking for more active bilateralism between Canada and Switzerland.
Raza Bashir Tarar, the new High Commissioner to Canada, says more can be done on bilateral trade, and that sometimes means 'getting out of the way’ of businesses.

Canada in ‘regular’ conversation with Turkey on extremist travellers, says new ambassador

The new Turkish ambassador advocates for renewed free trade talks, says increasing flights from Toronto a key connection.

Colombian envoy praises Canada’s ‘clarity of message’ on Venezuelan crisis

Federico Hoyos moves from his post as one of Colombia’s youngest members of Congress to the youngest in its diplomatic ranks.

Slovakia’s deputy PM visits Canada, talks trade, digitization

The high-level visit last week highlights the ‘many connections’ between the countries, says Slovakia’s new ambassador to Canada Vít Koziak.

‘High-level’ migration discussions ongoing between Canada, Nigeria: envoy

Adeyinka Asekun is proud of the first-ever Canada-Nigeria Investment Summit last year that brought a Canadian Governor General to Nigeria for the first time.

Nothing in migration compact tells Canada to ‘open borders,’ says UN refugee agency rep

Also, Kazakhstan celebrates its 27th anniversary of independence and deepening relations with Canada after the historic visit of a Canadian Governor General.

Launch of campaign against gender-based violence comes ahead of ‘landmark’ year, says UN official

‘There are particular moments that come in our lives that give us the opportunity to be the best part of ourselves—and such a moment will soon be upon us,' says Lopa Banerjee.
Diplomatic Circles

Canada’s expertise, funding could help Lesotho’s reforms as it seeks renewed ties, says new envoy

Lesotho's new high commissioner says Canadian know-how on democratic institutions and small business skills are of use to Lesotho, which faces widespread unemployment.

E-governance a ‘mutual interest’ with Canada, says Estonian envoy

The Baltic country tries to ‘push the envelope’ in the information and communications technology sector, which Toomas Lukk says is the ‘future of humankind.’

UN official warns of ‘dehumanizing’ political rhetoric amid Canada border-crosser debate

Despite the increase in border crossers, Canada does not face a 'crisis' with asylum seekers, says Volker Turk.

Work with Southeast Asia to help stem fentanyl flow, says UN rep

This year fentanyl was a hot topic for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime annual visit Canada to make sure its work is part of Global Affairs’ planning.

Angola to close embassy in Canada

Diplomats representing the resource-rich African nation are packing up their heritage building and heading home after 21 years and three ambassadors to Canada.

Canada, Slovenia see ‘eye to eye’: new envoy

From feminist policy to trade to the Latvian mission, Melita Gabrič says the countries are already good partners that can do more together.

Increased air travel key to closer relations between Qatar, Canada: envoy

No progress has been made since a January announcement of a rejigged air transport agreement between Qatar and Canada, says Saoud Abdulla Zaid Al-Mahmoud.

Greater need for Canada, Denmark to lead on world stage, new envoy says

Thomas Winkler says now more than ever there's a need for smaller countries with strong democratic values to 'punch above' their weight and 'hold the beacon high' on the international stage.

Egyptian-Canadian community best bet to tighten ties: outgoing ambassador

Motaz Mounir Zahran says there wasn’t ‘enough traffic’ between Canada and Egypt to forge the necessary political ties.

New office in Ottawa to show Scotland is ‘open for business’ despite Brexit disquiet, says official

Based out of the British High Commission, the new three-person team will work to pursue deeper economic ties out of both the Ottawa and Toronto offices later this month.

Royal visit ‘peak’ of Belgian envoy’s posting, despite elusive CETA stamp

Raoul Delcorde praised trade between Canada and Belgium, with both already benefitting from CETA despite its slow progress through Belgium’s regional parliaments for full ratification.

After election, Pakistan’s top envoy expects he’s on his way out

As Pakistani High Commissioner Tariq Azim Khan anticipates his departure from Ottawa, he speaks on his country's recent election, its former prime minister's jailing, and relations with Canada.
Feature|Kristen Shane

Trade tops Taiwanese envoy’s priorities

This is Winston Chen’s third posting in Canada, after previous stints in the country in the '90s in Ottawa and in Toronto from 2011 to 2013.
Feature|Shruti Shekar

Slovenia’s ambassador leaves post with wish for more trade, diplomatic exchanges

Active in the diplomatic corps and in the Ottawa community, Marjan Cencen is set to leave Ottawa in mid-August after four years.
Feature|Shruti Shekar

Bosnia’s new envoy to push for increased tourism, re-opened embassy

The Canadian Embassy in Sarajevo was closed in 2009 after a ‘serious examination of Canada's current diplomatic representation abroad.’
Feature|Shruti Shekar

Zimbabwe’s ambassador, diplomatic corps dean, leaves Canada after ’13 winters’

Florence Zano Chideya, a political appointee, was asked to return by her government, after last November saw leader Robert Mugabe step down after 37 years.
Feature|Shruti Shekar

Departing Slovak envoy foresees ‘smooth’ CETA ratification

‘I do not foresee any challenges,' says Andrej Droba of the Canada-EU deal, despite Italian opposition.
Feature|Shruti Shekar

Canada, Tunisia must build ties beyond aid, says visiting foreign minister

Khemaies Jhinaoui says an investment protection deal is in the works and could be signed by the end of the year.
Feature|Shruti Shekar

Ottawa Diplomatic Association looks to broker friendship with Parliamentarians

Four stand-out foreign service officers took home top honours at the 2018 PAFSO Awards at a moving June 14 ceremony.

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