Baird urges caution for Canadians as U.S. issues international travel alert over al-Qaeda threat


Originally posted on National Post | News:

OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird encouraged Canadian travellers and diplomats in North Africa and the Middle East to exercise added caution Friday after the United States issued a major terrorism and travel alert for the region.

“It’s not for me to discuss the nature of the elevated risk that causes them (the Americans) to take these decisions,” Baird said.

“Having said that, when a close friend and ally has made this determination, obviously at a bare minimum it puts us at elevated risk, and we’re encouraging a higher degree of caution.”

Baird said Canada has no plans — yet — to close its diplomatic missions on Sunday, a regular work day in the region, as the U.S. has done.

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But Baird said his deputy minister and director general of intelligence are monitoring the situation carefully in consultation with the U.S.

“Obviously in the run-up between now…

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