Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and this government have been very active in developing relationships between Canada and South Asia. Our visitors from the riding of Papineau will also know that Canadians of South Asian origin play a critical role in the development of our relations with South Asia.
Let me give just a few examples of our government's commitments.
Last week our foreign minister met with his Indian counterpart to commit ourselves to building a broad and enduring partnership.
Canada has reaffirmed its role in Afghanistan with the deployment of its PRT in Kandahar.
The Deputy Prime Minister has just returned from a successful visit to Pakistan, where cooperation in security matters was discussed.
Canadians can be proud of the significant assistance we are providing Sri Lanka to help bring about peace and of our substantial contributions made to the development of Bangladesh.
This is only the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship with this very vital part of the world.