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African Union leader to meet Stephen Harper: Queen's University expert

2013-01-15

Queen’s University political studies professor Andrew Grant is available to talk about African Union President Thomas Boni Yayi’s meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa on Tuesday.

One topic that may come up is whether or not Canada will send peace keeping troops to Mali. Dr. Grant, who specializes in African politics, notes that Canada has good reason to be interested in helping Mali.

“You can see why Canada has an interest in Mali. The Canadian government has invested a lot in terms of foreign aid and Canadian companies have invested in Mali’s natural resources sector. So it makes sense for Canada to help out Mali. This is something Canada could do and I think there is some sympathy from the Canadian public for the people of Mali. And people have to keep in mind, Canada would not be actively fighting, it is mostly training,” says Dr. Grant.

Please note that Dr. Grant is only available for phone interviews.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi (office: 613.533.6000 ext. 77513, michael.onesi@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (office: 613-533-2877, Anne.Craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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