CANADA NOT IN­VITED TO EM­BASSY OPEN­ING: FREE­LAND

Ottawa Citizen - - WORLD -

Pales­tinian di­plo­mats say they wel­come the Trudeau govern­ment’s de­ci­sion not to at­tend the open­ing of the new Amer­i­can em­bassy in Jerusalem Mon­day. But a spokesman for For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Chrys­tia Free­land says Canada wasn’t in­vited. Canada does not sup­port the U.S. em­bassy move, say­ing it’s a de­ci­sion for a fu­ture peace agree­ment be­tween the Pales­tini­ans and Is­raelis. The in­au­gu­ra­tion sparked the blood­i­est day in four years at the Is­rael-Gaza bor­der.

“Those shock­ing and bloody im­ages can’t leave us with­out wel­com­ing the de­ci­sion of the govern­ment of Canada and other govern­ments who didn’t par­tic­i­pate in the so-called in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony of the U.S. on Pales­tinian land,” said a state­ment from the Pales­tinian del­e­ga­tion in Ot­tawa.

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