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Canadian FM makes private visit to Western Wall

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Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday at the tail end of a Middle East trip that took him to Lebanon and Jordan.
According to Joseph Lavoie, the acting director of communications in Baird\’s office, the visit was a private one. The minister, Lavoie said, is flying home from Ben-Gurion Airport after having visited Israel\’s northern and eastern neighbors.
Israeli officials said Baird, who was last in Israel in early February for the Herzliya Conference, was here on a private visit and they did not know of any meetings planned.
The Canadian foreign minister is a staunch supporter of Israel. The Hill Times, a Canadian weekly newspaper that covers that country’s politics, listed him this year as the third most influential person in Canadian government and politics. Asked by the magazine what he would be doing were he not in politics, Baird replied: “Likely working on a kibbutz in Israel.”
Baird, while in Jordan, announced that Canada would provide Jordan with $6.5 million in new assistance to help it deal with an influx of refugees from Syria. Baird, who visited the Zaatari refugee camp for the Syrian refugees in northern Jordan, said his country would also donate $2 million for medical supplies for doctors inside Syria, and another $1.5 million to the World Food Program to help feed Syrian refugees. This is in addition to some $8.5 million Canada is already providing in humanitarian assistance to those suffering from the violence in Syria.
An estimated 140,000 Syrian refugees have fled the violence in Syria for Jordan.

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