(NATO) NATO Secretary General Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will visit Canada on Monday 23 March 2015.
Mr. Stoltenberg will have meetings with the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, and the Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Jason Kenney.
Many important issues will most likely be discussed:
- Canada’s Defence spending—currently under 2% of GDP
- Contribution to Operation REASSURANCE
- Training mission in Iraq and anti-ISIS efforts
- Economic sanctions against Russian individuals
- The situation in Ukraine
- Russia’s recent military drills near the Baltic States allies
In fact, Canada has been a strong supporter of a NATO presence in Eastern Europe. Since May 2014, Canada has been deploying troops in Eastern Europe. These troops have been participating in almost every multinational exercises.
General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, has been clear about Canada’s support to NATO:
“NATO has truly been the cornerstone of Euro-Atlantic defence and has shaped the architecture of international security. It’s been the model of mutual cooperation and it stands as the finest example of what can be achieved when nations work together and prioritize interoperable, deployable and flexible forces.”
Nevertheless, these meetings will further increase the strong bond between Canada and NATO.
More details will be available after the meetings and we will keep you updated.