The Governor General will travel to the Middle East

OTTAWA (ON), March 14, 2022 /CNW/ – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeauannounced today that the Governor General of CanadaHer Excellency the Right Honorable Mary Simon, will visit the Middle East for the working visits of March 17 to 23, 2022.

The Governor General will visit the United Arab Emirates (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES), Qatarand Kuwait. In each of these three countries, she will meet from Canada ambassadors, members of the Canadian Armed Forces deployed in the region, as well as heads of state and other senior leaders from the three countries to strengthen our bilateral relations. In these times of global uncertainty, strengthening relationships between countries is of the highest priority.

While in the United Arab Emirates, the Governor General will represent Canada and be the guest of honor at from Canada National Day at Expo 2020, in dubai. Her Excellency’s presence at Expo 2020 will help promote Canadian leadership, innovation and opportunity in all sectors of society while highlighting the importance of collaboration across countries and cultures.

During his visits, His Excellency will take the opportunity to thank the governments of the United Arab Emirates, Qatarand Kuwait for their central role in the evacuation of Canadians and Afghans Kabul since August, as part of global efforts to evacuate Afghanistan. Whereas in Kuwaitin his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of Canada, she will also visit Camp Canada at Ali Al Salem Air Base, where she will meet Canadian Armed Forces members stationed domestically as part of Operation IMPACT. In QatarHer Excellency will meet with members of the Canadian Armed Forces stationed at Al-Udeid Air Base.

This will be Her Excellency’s second foreign visit since becoming Governor General of Canada.


“His Excellency’s visit to the UAE, Qatarand Kuwait will help strengthen from Canada commitment to strengthening our relationships with our allies and partners around the world during these uncertain times. His participation in Expo 2020 will also showcase Canadian culture on the world stage and his visit to Camp Canada will help demonstrate our support for our Canadian Armed Forces members, no matter where they serve. »
– The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeauprime minister of Canada

Fast facts

  • Canada and the United Arab Emirates have a broad and deep relationship focused on building prosperity for both societies, strengthening regional and global security, and contributing to economic and social development in third countries, including the empowerment of women and girls.
  • While its opening was initially planned for dubai for October 2020, Expo 2020 has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has the largest number of participating countries in Expo history, with 192 – each with its own pavilion. from Canada National Day at Expo is March 19, 2022.
  • Canada and Qatar have maintained uninterrupted diplomatic relations since 1974. The Gulf State is an important security partner and diplomatic player in the region.
  • Qatar hosts the U.S. Army Central Command (CENTCOM) at Al-Udeid Air Base in Dohaincluding members of the Canadian Armed Forces who support the Global Coalition Against Daesh.
  • Canada and Kuwait have maintained strong bilateral ties since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1965. Our two countries share common views and interests in several areas, including peace and security, humanitarian affairs, trade and investment.
  • Kuwait houses hundreds of Canadian Armed Forces personnel at Ali Al Salem Air Base. Home to Camp Canada, the air base is the center of Operation IMPACT.

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