MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Government of Canada announces the arrival of Khawar Nasim as Consul General in Minneapolis, responsible for the five-state region of Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Nasim immediately begins his duties as Consul General and is expected to serve a four-year term. Nasim leads a team of professionals building two-way trade and investment ties, engaging decision-makers and citizens on a range of issues important to both countries and helping Canadians living and traveling in the region.
"There is no relationship as important to Canada as that with the United States. Our two countries share the largest trading relationship in the world, one that spans transportation, manufactured goods, agriculture and food, energy, and people," said Nasim, who is now Canada's top diplomat in the Upper Midwest and Great Plains states. "Continued trade and security cooperation at our shared border will be my number one priority."
"Canada is honored to have had a diplomatic presence in Minnesota for 46 years," added Nasim. "Canadians and Americans are intrinsically linked, sharing similar cultures, values, and sporting traditions, and I am excited to contribute to this relationship as Canada's Consul General."
This is Nasim's fifth international posting in his career as a Canadian diplomat. He served most recently as Counsellor (Commercial) at the Canadian Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands and has previously served in Barcelona and twice in Rome.
The Consulate General of Canada is located in downtown Minneapolis. Two-way trade between Canada and the five-state region covered by the Consulate General exceeded US$27 billion in 2015. More than 388,500 jobs in the five-state region are supported by Canada-U.S. trade.
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SOURCE Consulate General of Canada