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Reception held on Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation
November 23, 2017, 5:25 pm

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation as a nation, the Ambassador of Canada to Kuwait H.E. Martine Moreau held a reception on 21 November at the Four Seasons Hotel. Assistant Minister and Kuwait Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Reem AlKhaled was welcomed as the chief guest, as was members of the diplomatic corps, Kuwaiti officials, special invitees and media personnel.

In her opening remarks, Canadian Ambassador Martine Moreau said, “2017 has been a truly exceptional year for Canadians, as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of our confederation. During this milestone year, which has been named ‘Canada150,’ Canadians at home and around the world are celebrating not only their inclusive ethnic, cultural and linguistic mosaic, but also their country’s natural beauty, rich history, heritage and longstanding democratic values.”

In keeping with Canada’s open invitation for the world to join the country in celebrating, exploring and participating in the best that their nation has to offer, the Canadian embassy marked the occasion with a series of events held in Kuwait. Ambassador Moreau elaborated, “These include, of course, our national day reception (Tuesday) evening, last week’s very first Canada-Kuwait friendship hockey tournament and what has turned out to be a truly remarkable Canadian-themed student art competition organized in cooperation with Kuwait Times and Kuwait’s Ministry of Education.”

She pointed out that some of the best students’ works were displayed at the reception. “The works exhibited here are some of the beautiful artworks we received throughout the competition. With some 12,000 students from 175 schools participating, I must say it has been truly heartwarming to see such an extraordinary level of enthusiasm and interest by these students in discovering Canada and providing their artistic interpretations in keeping with our 150th anniversary theme,” she added.

Praising the competition turnout, she stated that it speaks volumes about the special relationship that Canada enjoys with Kuwait. “Indeed, we share many common values that strongly underpin our close friendship and strong bilateral partnership - a partnership that seeks to enhance cooperation, strengthen commerce and expand shared expertise in a wide range of fields, while increasing and broadening people-to-people links. I am very confident that the excellent relations that exist between our two countries will continue to advance and prosper,” Ambassador Moreau concluded.

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