April 23, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
Omar Alghabra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced he will participate in the Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region in Brussels, Belgium, on April 24 and 25, 2018.
The focus of the conference is to support a lasting political solution to the Syrian conflict, mobilize international assistance for Syrians, enhance support and improve conditions for the protection of civilians, as well as ensure access for humanitarian workers in Syria.
In addition to attending plenary sessions, Parliamentary Secretary Alghabra will meet with representatives of Syrian civil society organizations and with United Nations officials. He will also participate in a panel discussion on support to Syrian-led women’s organizations and the inclusion, empowerment and leadership of Syrian women.
Canada reiterates its condemnation—in the strongest possible terms—of the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons in eastern Ghouta on April 7, and further reiterates its support for the decision by the United States, the United Kingdom and France to degrade the Assad regime’s ability to launch chemical weapons attacks against its own people.
“Now, more than ever, a peace process is needed. Our goal must be comprehensive and representative negotiations undertaken in good faith. Wherever we can help UN Special Envoy [Staffan] de Mistura and others acting in good faith and in respect of international law, we will.”
– Omar Alghabra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs