Canadian FM in Egypt to press for Al-Jazeera ‘Voice of Qatar’ journalist’s release

Al-Jazeera news channel’s Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy listens to the verdict inside the defendants cage during his trial for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood on June 23, 2014 at the police institute in Cairo

Canadian foreign minister John Baird said he had a “fruitful” meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Thursday to seek the release of a Canadian journalist imprisoned with two Al-Jazeera colleagues.

But Baird played down expectations that his visit could see Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy freed imminently after more than a year in jail.

“We are all working toward seeing a constructive resolution on that sooner rather than later,” he said at a press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

“I didn’t leave Canada with any expectation that we will solve the issue today, but we had an open constructive dialogue,” said Baird, who signed agreements with Egypt on security funding and diplomatic training…