The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:
“As a close friend of the Lebanese people, Canada commemorates 100 years since the founding of modern Lebanon. While this is a significant occasion worth celebrating, it also marks a turning point for the country.
“During my recent visit to Beirut, I witnessed the truly inspiring resolve from those affected by the explosion to not only rebuild, but to also see a brighter future for themselves and their children.
“Now more than ever, the current crisis underscores the need for meaningful change. It is time to listen to the Lebanese people and meet their demands for institutional reform so they can have a government that is based on equality, inclusivity and prosperity for all.
“Canada is proudly supporting Lebanon’s recovery, including through financial assistance to humanitarian partners from our government and from Canadians. We reiterate that international assistance must be accompanied by reforms and impunity must end. We continue to stand with the Lebanese people.”
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs