Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Vyacheslav Trubnikov and his Canadian counterpart Jim Wright, who is in Moscow in connection with a regular round of the Russian-Canadian consultations on strategic stability, discussed issues of joint struggle against terrorism, stepping up the world community's efforts to counteract new threats to international security and stability. In the course of the talks it was noted that Russia and Canada share opinions of these problems, which creates a good basis to intensify bilateral cooperation in this direction, the Russian Foreign Ministry emphasised. The sides also discussed issues related to future political status of Afghanistan, drawing that country out of the crisis and ensuring its democratic development.
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.