Canada is expanding its presence in Iraq to support Iraqis in their efforts to build a brighter future,” said Canada’s Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular) Lynne Yelich as she led Canada’s first trade mission to Iraq in 25 years.
During a four-day visit, the Minister travelled to Basra, Baghdad and Erbil with a delegation of Canadian business leaders, along with representatives from the Canada-Arab Business Council and the Canadian-Turkish Business Council.
In a press statement released Thursday (February 13) the Minister said: “Canada wants to help Iraq rebuild its infrastructure, develop its natural resources and create wealth for its citizens. Only by creating economic opportunity for all will Iraq regain political and social stability.”
During this visit, the Minister opened a new Canadian Trade Representation Office in Erbil. Canada had reopened its diplomatic mission in Baghdad in April 2013.
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada press release – Canada Opens New Trade Office in Northern Iraq – here
Globe and Mail – Canadian businesses take notice of Arab world – here