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Canadian FM MacKay Meets with FM Song

The visiting Canadian Foreign Minister Peter MacKay met with his South Korean counterpart Song Min-Soon and exchanged views on a variety of mutual issues including the Six Party Talks on North Korea's nuclear issue.

At a meeting held in Song's office in Seoul on May 1, 2006, the Canadian minister reassured Canada's support for South Korea's position on the peaceful solutions on North Korean nuclear issue.

Foreign Minister Song praised Canada for its contribution to and role in maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

The two ministers were of the mind in that signing the free trade agreement (FTA) between Canada and South Korea would bring larger benefits to both countries. They agreed to work jointly for the early signing of the FTA.

Foreign Minister MacKay asked Song for cooperation in exporting Canadian beef to Korean market whereas Foreign Minister Song called for Canada's support for South Korea's bidding for two major events: International Exposition Yeosu 2012 and Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

During his stay, Foreign Minister MacKay will visit the Demilitarized Zone north of Seoul to see first hand the area of past confrontation with North Korea. He will also attend a luncheon meeting hosted by Korea-Canada Association.

Prior to arriving in Seoul on May 1, Minister MacKay went to Oslo, Norway, for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers, and then to Brussels, Belgium for a high-level meeting on Afghanistan, and finally to China for discussions with his Chinese counterpart.

Who Is Peter MacKay

Peter MacKay was first elected as Member of Parliament in 1997. He was re-elected in 2000, 2004 and in 2006.

Most recently, Mr. MacKay served as Critic for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Prior to this, he was Critic for the Prime Minister, for the Solicitor General, for Public Security, for the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and for Justice.

He has served as Progressive Conservative Party Leader, House Leader and been a member of the Standing Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and its related subcommittees, including the subcommittees on Public Safety and National Security, on Agenda and Procedure and on Corrections and the Conditional Release Act.

Mr. MacKay was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. After graduating with an arts degree from Acadia University in 1987, he went on to study law at Dalhousie University. He was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in June 1991.

Mr. MacKay has served on volunteer boards, including New Leaf and Tearmann House. As well, he has been active in Big Brothers-Big Sisters, the Pictou County Senior Rugby Club and the YMCA. A sports enthusiast, he is active in rugby, baseball, football and hockey.






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