Tirana, Albania - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today concluded his first official visit to the Republic of Albania, where he continued to promote a strong and coordinated response to address ongoing threats to global security, most notably in Europe and the Middle East. Baird’s visit coincides with deliveries by Canadian Armed Forces of military equipment donated by Albania to security forces in Iraq fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
“Canada and our allies have made it clear that we will not stand by while ISIL terrorists continue their murderous rampage against innocent civilians,” said Baird. “We will continue to work with NATO allies such as Albania, and with the Government of Iraq, to provide critical supplies to the security forces protecting Iraqi civilians. These measures are complementary to the humanitarian assistance Canada is already providing to the country.”
“The invasion of Russian forces in areas of eastern Ukraine is an alarming signal to all those who value freedom, prosperity and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said Baird. “The Russian Federation’s actions represent a significant threat to the security and prosperity of all of Europe. Canada stands ready with its partners and allies to impose further economic and political sanctions if the Putin regime does not refrain from going down this reckless path.”