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NEWS RELEASE · 25th May 2010
M. of State of Foreign Affairs
The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), today represented the Government of Canada at festivities in Buenos Aires commemorating the bicentennial of Argentina’s independence.

“My presence here is symbolic of the long-standing friendship between our two great nations,” said Minister of State Kent. “Canada and Argentina share an unwavering commitment to democracy and human rights and an earnest desire to be an agent of positive change in our hemisphere.”

The two countries have maintained diplomatic relations for 70 years and cooperate closely on a number of significant regional and global issues, including nuclear non-proliferation, the fight against terrorism and the reconstruction effort in Haiti. Canada and Argentina are also working to strengthen cultural and educational ties through negotiations on a youth mobility arrangement that would enable Canadian and Argentinian youth to gain a unique experience by travelling and working in each other’s country.

“Canada is committed to strengthening existing ties and fostering new links with Argentina, an important and influential partner in the Americas,” said Minister of State Kent. “During my meeting with Argentina’s Foreign Relations, International Trade and Worship Minister Jorge Taiana, I highlighted Canada’s priorities in the region with respect to strengthening democracy and creating the basis for sustained prosperity through market-led, open economies. I underlined the importance we attach to working closely with Argentina in pursuit of these objectives.”

Today’s festivities culminate a year-long celebration of the 200th anniversary of the May Revolution of 1810, which led to Argentina’s independence.

Minister of State Kent joined representatives from all parts of the hemisphere and around the world to mark the bicentennial in Buenos Aires.