Canada should engage much more fully in the Doha Forum multilateral dialogue process, both as an extremely worthwhile endeavour in its own right, and as a much-needed counterbalance to our troubling relations with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The gathering of world leaders at the UN General Assembly later in September offers an unprecedented opportunity for Prime Minister Trudeau to demonstrate how Canada will contribute to a new global diplomatic effort to reduce nuclear dangers.
On Canada’s role in the global arms trade, in responding to the growing nuclear peril, and in helping end the dangerous American confrontation with Iran, the Justin Trudeau Liberals need concrete, credible and courageous diplomatic peacemaking and peacebuilding options.
In Venezuela, Ukraine and Yemen, the government of Canada must decisively move to embrace new opportunities for diplomatic peacemaking.
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spurns a high-level meeting on nuclear dangers hosted by her Swedish counterpart. Meanwhile, she and the Prime Minister remain silent over heightening tensions between Iran and USA.
Despite rising threats and increasing economic strangulation by the USA, Iran continues to abide by its obligations under the nuclear deal which the USA walked away from a year ago.