Defence Minister hosts global leaders at Halifax International Security Forum

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During the eighth annual Halifax International Security Forum (HISF), held November 18-20, Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan highlighted the importance of this open dialogue, particularly as the world faces increasingly complex defence and security challenges.

Minister Sajjan reiterated Canada’s commitment to a comprehensive and coordinated approach to peace operations, noting that present day threats are no longer contained within specific borders or between state actors.

Minister Sajjan also hosted a Defence ministerial meeting with guest speakers Hérve Ladsous, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, and Atul Khare, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Field Support. He held a number of bilateral meetings with officials from France, Kosovo, NATO, the Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the United States. The Minister discussed mutual peace and security challenges and continued the dialogue on Canada’s re-engagement in United Nations’ peace operations.

“It was a pleasure to host the 2016 Halifax International Security Forum and meet with defence leaders from around the globe,” said Defence Minister Sajjan. “In order to build effective peace and stability, we must stand together and work together. I look forward to working with Canada’s allies and partners to do just that.”

Each year, HISF brings the world to Canada and provides a unique opportunity to advance Canada’s defence and security objectives through frank and open discussions with ministers of defence, members of the U.S. Congress, representatives from academia and industry, and officials from allied and partner nations.

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