British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will sign an agreement to open joint U.K.-Canadian diplomatic missions abroad in Ottawa on Monday, CBC News has learned.
“As the Prime Minister [David Cameron] said when addressing the Canadian parliament last year: ‘We are two nations, but under one Queen and united by one set of values,’” Hague said in a written statement to CBC News.
“We have stood shoulder to shoulder from the great wars of the last century to fighting terrorists in Afghanistan and supporting Arab Spring Nations like Libya and Syria. We are first cousins.”
“It is natural that we look to link up our embassies with Canada’s in places where that suits both countries. It will give us a bigger reach abroad for our businesses and people for less cost,” Hague said.
The Conservatives, in the last budget, said they would restructure Canadian government offices, foreign properties and missions abroad “to provide better value for money and results for Canadians.”