Ottawa, ON – On Tuesday, November 3, Conservative Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Michael Chong held a phone call with H.E. Kerim Uras, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Canada, about Canada-Turkey relations.

MP Chong highlighted several items with the Ambassador, including:

  • The ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and the diversion of Canadian manufactured drones into the conflict zone.
  • Conservatives’ belief that democracies are being challenged by increasingly authoritarian states and the need for democracies to stand together.
  • A desire to see Turkey play a constructive role in the NATO alliance, upholding the alliance’s common values of individual liberty, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

H.E. Kerim Uras congratulated MP Chong on his appointment and discussed Turkey’s position on Cyprus, Nagorno-Karabakh, NATO, Canadian military exports and the Turkish government’s work in commemorating the sacrifice of soldiers from Newfoundland and Labrador who died in Turkey during the First World War.