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Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird defended the announcement Monday that Canada and Britain will be sharing embassies abroad, dismissing “speculation” that the move will erode Canadian sovereignty.

Addressing reporters along with British Foreign Secretary William Hague in Ottawa, Baird said the decision to share some embassies with British diplomats is simply a cost-effective, practical move.

“We are not moving to merge all of our embassies and consulates in the world,” Baird said.

“This arrangement allows us to focus on smart diplomacy … without spending large amounts of taxpayers’ dollars on bricks and mortar.”

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