“We will not move our Tel Aviv embassy,” says Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that the Canadian embassy in Israel will remain in Tel Aviv, marking his disagreement with US President Donald Trump who announced the day before the transfer to Jerusalem of his embassy.

“We will not be relocating our Tel Aviv embassy,” Justin Trudeau told Canadian television on the sidelines of an official trip to China.

The Prime Minister has reaffirmed Canada’s intangible position, regardless of the presence of Conservatives or Liberals in power, to encourage the creation of a Palestinian state alongside an Israeli state.

For the Canadian Liberal government, the status of the city of Jerusalem must be defined by a peace agreement between the parties.

“The question of the status of Jerusalem can be resolved only in the framework of a general settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday.

“We remain firmly committed to the goal of a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East that includes the creation of a Palestinian State living side by side with the State of Israel in peace and security” she added.

President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has provoked a wave of condemnations around the world.

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About the Author: James Johnson

James Johnson is one of the lead editors for NB Post Gazette. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. James specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.

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