Rice to mark 9/11 anniversary in Nova Scotia
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit Nova Scotia next week to mark the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay said he invited Rice to his home province after their first meeting in April.
Nova Scotians played host to thousands of stranded American travellers on Sept. 11, 2001, when their planes were forced to land in Halifax after all flights were grounded.
U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Friday that Rice wanted to express gratitude on behalf of Americans.
"Secretary Rice wanted to go to Canada on Sept. 11th as a way of thanking Canada and the Canadian people for all that they did on that day," McCormack said.
"On Sept. 11th, America closed its air space, and the Canadian government and the Canadian people took in many, many flights and many, many people who were essentially stranded because they could not continue flying into American air space," McCormack said.
"That was just an extraordinary act of trust, generosity and kindness in a moment of need, and Secretary Rice wanted to travel to Canada to thank the Canadian government and the Canadian people for those extraordinary acts," he added.
After attending memorial functions in Washington, Rice is expected to attend an event at the Halifax International Airport on Monday and spend Tuesday in MacKay's home riding of Pictou County.