Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement regarding the protests in Iraq:
“Canada strongly condemns the escalating violence in Iraq, which has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of protestors and injured thousands more. We urge all parties to exercise restraint and refrain from violence.
“We support the people of Iraq, who deserve stability, prosperity and security. Their human and democratic rights-including the right to protest and freedom of expression-must be protected.
“Canada encourages a dialogue to advance political and economic reforms and ensure a better future for all Iraqis. We will continue to work closely with our allies and partners to follow the situation and play a constructive role.”
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs