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Canadian Foreign Minister hopes for a resolution for Al-Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt

  • Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, right, is accompanied by his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukri following a press conference  at the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Baird says he held “constructive and fruitful” discussions with his Egyptian counterpart over resolution of the case of a Canadian-Egyptian journalist from Al-Jazeera English held over a year in terrorism-related charges along with two others. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, right, is accompanied by his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukri following a press conference at the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Baird says he held “constructive and fruitful” discussions with his Egyptian counterpart over resolution of the case of a Canadian-Egyptian journalist from Al-Jazeera English held over a year in terrorism-related charges along with two others. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

  • Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, right, shakes hands with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukri following a press conference  at the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Baird says he held “constructive and fruitful” discussions with his Egyptian counterpart over resolution of the case of a Canadian-Egyptian journalist from Al-Jazeera English held over a year in terrorism-related charges along with two others.  (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, right, shakes hands with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukri following a press conference at the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Baird says he held “constructive and fruitful” discussions with his Egyptian counterpart over resolution of the case of a Canadian-Egyptian journalist from Al-Jazeera English held over a year in terrorism-related charges along with two others. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

  • Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, right, is accompanied by his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukri following a press conference  at the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Baird says he held “constructive and fruitful” discussions with his Egyptian counterpart over resolution of the case of a Canadian-Egyptian journalist from Al-Jazeera English held over a year in terrorism-related charges along with two others.  (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, right, is accompanied by his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukri following a press conference at the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Baird says he held “constructive and fruitful” discussions with his Egyptian counterpart over resolution of the case of a Canadian-Egyptian journalist from Al-Jazeera English held over a year in terrorism-related charges along with two others. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

Canada's Foreign Minister says he held "constructive and fruitful" talks with his Egyptian counterpart over three Al-Jazeera journalists, including one with dual citizenship, who have been detained in Egypt on terror charges for more than a year.

John Baird told reporters Thursday that he came with no expectation to resolve the issue immediately, saying the case is a "complicated one."

He said he hopes for a resolution "sooner rather than later," without elaborating.

Baird's visit comes nearly two weeks after Egypt's Appeals Court ordered the retrial of the three journalists, who were convicted on charges of fabricating news footage.

Canadian-Egyptian Mohammed Fahmy and Australian Peter Greste were sentenced to seven years in prison, while Egyptian Baher Mohammed received 10 years.