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DIPLOMATIC CIRCLES

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.
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.
Motaz Mounir Zahran says there wasn’t ‘enough traffic’ between Canada and Egypt to forge the necessary political ties.
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.
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.
Diplomatic Circles
Feature|Shruti Shekar

Despite security, corruption concerns, Canada, Moldova sign FIPA paving way for trade growth

The agreement shows investors the country is a ‘stable and safe place for Canadian investment,’ says Moldova's foreign minister.
Feature|Shruti Shekar

PS DeCourcey takes Security Council pitch to CARICOM party

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and foreign affairs and international development parliamentary secretaries tout Canadian investment in the Caribbean.
Feature|Shruti Shekar

Municipal elections a turning point in Tunisia’s democracy, says envoy

Tunisian elections were 'unimaginable' in 2011, says Mohamed Torjemane, who hopes to build stronger relations between Tunisia and Canada.
Feature|Shruti Shekar

G7 can’t exclude U.S., despite disagreements, say envoys

The group split most recently on the U.S. decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.
Feature|Shruti Shekar

ASEAN trade deal ‘will happen, it is very strong,’ says new Thai envoy

Canada and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations started exploratory trade talks in September.
Feature|Shruti Shekar

Parliamentary delegation calls for ‘deeper Canadian engagement’ with Sudan after 14 years of frigid ties

Plus, the Ugandan High Commission has got the okay from the city's Planning Committee to demolish its former building.
Feature|Shruti Shekar

New Cuban ambassador helped negotiate U.S.-Cuba détente

Josefina Vidal Ferreiro arrives as Canada and Cuba continue to investigate strange health symptoms among some Canadian diplomats and family members posted to Cuba. Canada said this week it won't allow family members of diplomats to stay with their loved ones on the island anymore.
Feature|Shruti Shekar

Argentine envoy ‘confident’ Canada-Mercosur deal will wrap quickly

Eugenio María Curia says the next round of Canada-Mercosur trade negotiations will take place in June in Brazil and will go more swiftly than the trade bloc's 'tortuous' talks to strike a similar deal with the European Union.
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