01/08/2014 11:18 EST | Updated 03/10/2014 05:59 EDT

John Baird, foreign affairs minister, speaks to reporters

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is speaking to reporters ahead of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's trip to Israel later this month.

Baird will make an announcement in Ottawa at 11:30 a.m. ET, and take questions from the media.

The trip to the Middle East will be Harper's first official visit to the region.

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