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Minister Sajjan Concludes Trip to Middle East and UK 

Ottawa – Working with our allies and partners to support global peace and security is a key priority for the government as outlined in Canada’s Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan today wrapped up a productive visit to the Middle East and the UK, where he met with deployed Canadian Armed Forces members, dignitaries, his counterparts, civil society representatives, and the Canadian defence industry from December 15 to December 20, 2017.

Minister Sajjan took this opportunity to thank the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces for their valuable work in the region and to celebrate the holiday season with them.

The Minister accomplished a number of key priorities while in the region. During his visit to Jordan, he reiterated Canada’s support for the Jordanian Armed Forces by announcing Canada’s intent to support the construction and rehabilitation of a road along Jordan’s northern border, which will better protect it from potential threats and further reinforce its security. While in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Minister Sajjan signed the Canada-UAE Defence Cooperation Arrangement with His Excellency Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defense Affairs, to help further strengthen the two nations’ bilateral defence relationship.  

The Minister completed his overseas visit in London, UK, where he met with British Secretary of State for Defence, the Right Honourable Gavin Williamson, to discuss a number of issues of mutual interest, including Canada-UK defence cooperation, next steps in the evolving nature of the Daesh threat, and outcomes from the Vancouver UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial held in November.

“As we wrap up a productive and successful year, this visit gave me the opportunity to thank the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces who are far from home this holiday season. I also had the opportunity to engage our partners on critical defence and security challenges and opportunities. This includes our shared priority of empowering female leaders in our forces – an important step that will strengthen the work of our militaries. I reiterated Canada’s commitment to working with the global community to build a lasting peace, based on countering the root causes of radicalization, so that future generations can live in a safer and more secure world. I look forward to continuing our dialogue in the New Year.” – Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan

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