Statement by John Baird on Ramadan – mentions Canadian Special Envoy to UAE Arif Lalani

Statement by John Baird on Ramadan | John Baird“This special month – the ninth month on the Muslim calendar – allows all Canadians the opportunity to learn about Muslim cultures and the important contributions Muslims make daily to our peaceful, prosperous and pluralistic society.

“In April of this year, I announced that Canada would appoint our first ever Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) [Ambassador Arif Lalani].  It is our hope that this posting will help Canada improve and strengthen our people-to-people ties with the Muslim world.

“As we welcome the start of Ramadan, I wish Muslims everywhere “Ramadan Mubarak”.

Canada's Ambassador to the UAE: Arif Lalani
Canada’s Ambassador to the UAE: Arif Lalani

via Statement by John Baird on Ramadan | John Baird

In August 2012, Mr. Lalani was appointed ambassador to the United Arab Emirates with concurrent appointment as Canada’s first-ever special envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in April 2013.


About Arif Lalani, Canadian Ambassador to the UAE

Arif Lalani (BA [International Relations], University of British Columbia, 1989; MSc [Management, Organizations and Governance], London School of Economics, 2009) has undertaken various assignments at Headquarters and abroad.

In 1994, he was assigned to the Embassy of Canada to Turkey. Mr. Lalani also served abroad at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in New York during Canada’s term on the Security Council and as counsellor in Washington, D.C.

Canada's Ambassador to Afghanistan, Arif Lalani being greeted by Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai
Canada’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Arif Lalani being greeted by Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai

In 2006, he was appointed ambassador to Jordan, with accreditation to the Republic of Iraq and in 2007 he was appointed ambassador to Afghanistan. He was presented with the Alam Sayad Jamal-u-Din al Afghani medal in 2008 for his contribution to building peace and stability in Afghanistan.

At Headquarters, Mr. Lalani has worked in the Office of the Senior Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process as coordinator for the Balkans, was director of the South Asia Division and director general of both the South and Southeast Asia Bureau and the Strategic Policy Bureau.

He was founder and chair of the Working Group on Relations with Muslim Communities from 2005 to 2006. Mr. Lalani is a member of the Operating Board of Directors of the Centre for International Governance Innovation. He also serves as a senior fellow and member of the Advisory Board for the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

In August 2012, Mr. Lalani was appointed ambassador to the United Arab Emirates with concurrent appointment as Canada’s first-ever special envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in April 2013.

He is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for service to Canada and Canadians.


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