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…

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  • Rosenmops

    Egyptian; check

    Work for al gore jizzyah ; check

    Supports Muslim Brotherhood; check

    “Canadian”; check

    After Turdeau becomes PM he will make him a highly placed civil servant.

    • Clausewitz

      Well I hear the CBC is really in need of a new boss.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        (I can’t help myself.)
        But, when you meet the new boss.
        He’ll be the same as the old boss.
        (I think The Who really were the first punk band.)

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I really like John Baird.
    That he’s a minister in PM Harper’s government is great.
    It’s like slapping Scott Brison in the face with his own hands continuously since the 2006 election.
    Also, any time Baird goes to a muslim country and has ‘fruitful’ discussions with them is even better.
    Just leave that journo in jail.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Egypt. No wheat for you.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Egypt can’t feed itself.

  • Alain

    Canadian? No, really an Egyptian who spent some time as a guest at Hotel Canada.

  • barryjr

    Leave the guy at home in Egypt where he belongs.