03 Mar 2014 08:40am
TORONTO, 03 MAR (NAMPA) - The Canadian government views Namibia as a true partner, ally and most importantly, a friend.
This was the view of Canadian Member of Parliament and vice-president of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association, Peter Braid at a gala dinner hosted by Dundee Precious Metals in Toronto, Canada on Sunday in honour of Prime Minister Hage Geingob and the business delegation he is heading.
Braid said Canada and Namibia share values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law, values which Namibia has struggled to achieve, and which his country has supported throughout the years.
Canada's active engagement with Namibia dates back from 1977 to the 1982 negotiations on the United Nations (UN) settlement plan.
The 1978 Settlement Proposal for Namibia, devised by the Contact Group of Western States, mandated the United Nations Transitional Assistance Group (Untag) under United Nations Security Council Resolution 435 to assist a UN Special Representative appointed by the UN Secretary-General to ensure the early independence of Namibia through free and fair elections under the supervision and control of the UN.
Braid said Canada actively supported Namibia's independence in 1989/90, and provided military peacekeepers, police monitors, election supervisors as well as technical experts during the UN-supervised elections.
Formal diplomatic relations with Namibia were established at independence in 1990.
Today, as we look back on our history of engagement since your country's independence, on the obstacles you have overcome and the tremendous progress you have made, Canada is proud to call Namibia a partner, ally and friend, he stated.
He said Canada also looks forward to deepening this solid relationship.
I have every confidence that our two nations will continue to work together to strengthen our ties and reinforce our enduring friendship, he noted.
Geingob arrived in Toronto on Saturday afternoon for an official visit to that country.
The Premier, accompanied by a Namibian business delegation, is expected to hold several business meetings and visit several business entities in Canada before leaving for the United States of America on Tuesday afternoon.