Quebec premier hoping trip to Israel will lead to increased economic ties


Quebec premier hoping trip to Israel will lead to increased economic ties
  1. Quebec premier hoping trip to Israel will lead to increased economic ties
    cjme.com
    By The Canadian Press JERUSALEM — Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says he hopes his current trip to Israel will lead to increased economic ties between the province and the Middle Eastern country. Couillard arrived in Tel Aviv on Friday and visited Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to victims of the Holocaust. He then headed to Jerusalem and met with Deborah Lyons, the Canadian ambassador to Israel. Couillard is expected to meet with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the…
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JERUSALEM — Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says he hopes his current trip to Israel will lead to increased economic ties between the province and the Middle Eastern country.

Couillard arrived in Tel Aviv on Friday and visited Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to victims of the Holocaust.

He then headed to Jerusalem and met with Deborah Lyons, the Canadian ambassador to Israel.

Couillard is expected to meet with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday before sitting down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday.

The goal of the mission is to increase economic and academic research ties between Quebec and Israel, which is known for its technology industry and high number of digital start-ups.

While Couillard hopes to learn from Israel's model, he said he wants Netanyahu to get a better knowledge of what Quebec has done in the sector in recent years, particularly in the field of artificial intelligence.

"I want him to see us a potential economic partner," Couillard said.

As it is his first trip to the region, the premier w…

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