Mideast ministers in Ottawa discuss Israel-Hamas war with Joly, Trudeau

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A group of foreign ministers from the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia and Turkey were in Ottawa yesterday for a quietly planned meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly.
     
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also joined the talks, arranged to see how countries such as Canada can help efforts to secure peace for Palestinians and Israelis following Israel's bombardment of Gaza in response to Hamas's October 7th attack.
     
It was the first visit of Saudi Arabia's foreign minister to Canada since a diplomatic chill over human rights issues in 2018, when Riyadh recalled its ambassador from Ottawa and expelled Canada's envoy.
     
The delegation was in Ottawa after travelling to Washington, with the group so far focused on the five members of the U-N Security Council and the European Union presidency holder, Spain.