Canada condemns Sudanese government decision to expel chargé d'affaires

    OTTAWA, Aug. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of
Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:
    "I spoke on August 25 with the Foreign Minister of the Republic of the
Sudan, Lam Akol. I conveyed Canada's strong concern about Sudan's decision to
expel Canada's chargé d'affaires.
    "As the Government of Sudan has not revoked its expulsion order, Canada's
chargé, who was acting in the finest traditions of Canadian diplomacy and was
standing up for our values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of
law in Sudan, was instructed to leave Khartoum on Sunday, August 26.
    "Canada condemns the Government of Sudan's decision to expel the chargé
d'affaires as this expulsion is entirely unjustified, and there is no question
of Canada issuing an apology."

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