Ottawa, Ontario - August 14, 2016

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement in recognition of Pakistan’s Independence Day:

“Today, we join the Pakistani community – here in Canada, in Pakistan, and around the world – in celebrating Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day.

“I look forward to working with Prime Minister Sharif to further strengthen the relationship between our two countries, and to working together on global issues including, peace, security, and development cooperation.

“On this day, I invite all Canadians to recognize the tremendous contributions that the Pakistani-Canadian community has made – and continues to make – to our great country. We know that Canada is a stronger and more resilient nation because of its diversity.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I wish everyone celebrating today a happy and festive Independence Day.”