Canada To Syrian Rebels: Until You Renounce Islamic Extremism And Embrace Minorities, We Will Never Recognize You
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper could teach a thing or two to Barack Obama. But then again, only the teachable will ever learn …
By Kathryn Blaze Carlson and Stewart Bell, National Post – “Canada told the Syrian opposition Tuesday it must reject extremism and embrace minorities before Ottawa will recognize its legitimacy as a successor to President Bashar Al-Assad, according to a federal official.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird explained Canada’s preconditions for official recognition at a meeting with representatives of the opposition Syrian National Coalition in Morocco on Tuesday, the official said.
‘He outlined the importance of rejecting extremism, the inclusion of minorities, and the importance of the role of women in a post-Assad era,’ said the official, who did not want to be named.
On Wednesday, Mr. Baird will publicly spell out those preconditions during an address before the Friends of the Syrian People meeting — a gathering of more than 100 countries in Morocco’s Marrakesh working to bolster legitimate opposition to the Assad regime.
While France, Britain, Turkey and the Gulf Cooperation Council have already recognized the newly formed Syrian National Coalition, and President Barack Obama confirmed Tuesday the U.S. would do the same, Mr. Baird was taking a more cautious approach.
The international gathering comes as Western nations struggle to co-operate with the Syrian resistance while at the same time sideline al-Qaeda-aligned extremists who have been trying to hijack the anti-Assad opposition.” Read more.
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