the Opening of Canadas Embassy in
Remarks delivered by the Hon. David Kilgour,
of State (Latin America and Africa)
Read the Communiqué
Libyan guests, Mr. Ambassador.
It is both
an honour and a privilege to be the first
Canadian Minister ever to visit the Libyan
Jamahiyiria. It is a beautiful, peaceful
country full of potential.
No one knows
this more than the thousands of Canadian
who currently reside here, especially those
who lived through some very challenging
times. It is my understanding that no one
appreciated this more than Libya itself,
as this community has consistently contributed
to the local economy and underwritten the
burgeoning relations between our two peoples.
Libya have maintained diplomatic relations
since 1968. During this period, political
dialogue and commercial exchanges were continuous,
even during the most difficult periods.
Canadas new Embassy will allow us
to expand the breadth and scope of our relationship.
Canada has provided diplomatic representation
in Libya through cross-accreditation from
other embassies in the region and travelling
diplomats who I am sure some of you still
For the last
ten years, Canada has also maintained a
small office at the Dutch Embassy to facilitate
consular services for the Canadian community
in Libya. I want to take this occasion to
thank Mrs. FATIMA ANABTAWI for providing
outstanding service to Canadians in Libya
through this period and before that for
eight years at the Danish embassy. She bears
witness to the constant Canadian interest
colleagues - and before them, Danish colleagues
- provided excellent assistance to us and
we are grateful for their cooperation.
Embassy began operations on May 1, 2001
in its own premises in the beautiful BORJ
EL FATAH. Under the leadership of Ambassador
Simard and the resident chargé, Mr.
Jacoby, it will deliver a full range of
diplomatic, commercial and consular services
in support of Canadian interests in Libya.
the visit of my delegation, will encourage
greater efforts to further the development
of Canadian-Libyan relations across a broad
spectrum of political, commercial and human
interests. I am delighted to report that
my discussions with Libyan ministers and
officials have been successful and productive
in addressing issues and increasing understanding
between our two countries.
me in celebrating the official opening of
our Embassy in Libya. May it lead to long-lasting
and productive relations between our two