OTTAWA (ON), March 23, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, Their Excellencies the Right Honorable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canadaand M. Whit Fraser made working visits to United Arab Emirates (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES), Qatar and Kuwait. At a time of global turmoil, the visit highlighted the value and necessity of diplomacy and global cooperation.

While meeting with UAE government officials to deepen our strong bilateral relationship, the Governor General shared messages regarding the importance of broad international collaboration during times of conflict. This included a meeting with His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al MaktoumVice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of dubai.

At the head of the delegation for from Canada National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai, His Excellency delivered a speech at from Canada Official National Day Ceremony. There, she met His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayancommissioner general of the United Arab Emirates for the Expo and Minister for Tolerance of the United Arab Emirates. Stay united with the people of Ukraineshe stopped at Ukraine pavilion to leave a written message of hope that read: “ajuinnatanever give up.”

Her Excellency also spoke with students from the Canadian University of Dubai and participated in a question-and-answer session focusing on the importance of international collaboration and the empowerment of women.

In Qatarthe Governor General met with His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thaniemir of State of Qatarand His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al ThaniPrime Minister and Minister of the Interior of the State of Qatar, to strengthen the warm bilateral relations between our countries. She had the opportunity to discuss the future of education at the Qatar Foundation. As Commander-in-Chief of Canadashe also spoke with members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) stationed in the region to show their support for the work they are doing overseas.

In KuwaitHis Excellency met His Highness Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabahcrown prince of State of Kuwaitand His Highness Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait, to discuss shared values ​​and our commitment to upholding international law and strengthening regional security. She visited House Sadu discover the richness and diversity of the woven textile heritage of Kuwait, and discuss preservation, education and innovation with Kuwaiti women. She also visited Camp Canada to meet with CAF members engaged in Operation IMPACT, the military component of from Canada whole-of-government approach to Middle East.

During her visits, the Governor General took the opportunity to thank host governments for the role they played last year in helping from Canada evacuation efforts Afghanistan.


“Diplomacy is about building connections between individuals who can help transform or strengthen ties between countries. This important visit to the Middle East came at a time of international uncertainty and conflict. Every word, every action and every intention can help build a better world.”

– Governor General Mary Simon

Fast facts

  • This was Governor General Simon’s second international visit at the Prime Minister’s request since her installation.
  • Ajuinnata is an Inuktitut word meaning “never give up” or “persevere in the face of adversity”. This concept is an important theme of the Governor General’s mandate.

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