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Minister Nicholson Participates in the NATO Defence Ministerial Meeting

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM -- (Marketwired) -- 02/27/14 -- Department of National Defence

Introduction

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of National Defence, participated in a meeting of NATO Defence Ministers, which took place on February 26-27, at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Quick Facts

--  In addition to the NATO meetings, Minister Nicholson also took the
    opportunity to meet one-on-one with several of his counterparts,
    including the New-Zealand Minister of Defence Dr. Jonathan Coleman, and
    the United Kingdom Secretary for Defence Philip Hammond.

--  Discussions during the Ministerial meetings focused on delivering NATO
    capabilities and reforms, the NATO mission in Afghanistan, and
    preparations for the upcoming NATO Summit, taking place on September 4-
    5, 2014 in Wales, UK. The last NATO summit was held in Chicago in 2012.

--  The NATO Wales Summit will be an opportunity for Heads of State and
    Government to provide strategic direction on Alliance activities. The
    Summit is expected to pay tribute to the sacrifices and achievements of
    NATO and Partner forces during more than a decade of operations in
    Afghanistan, and determine how NATO can meet future challenges.

--  Canada remains at the forefront of efforts to transform and reform the
    Alliance into a fit-for-purpose, political-military hub that enables
    Allies and non-NATO Partners to address current and future security
    challenges. The NATO Defence Ministerial meeting provides the necessary
    platform for Canada to engage in these NATO reform initiatives and
    confirm our support to our Allies and NATO Partners.

Quotes

"Canada's investment in NATO gives us a voice, alongside our closest allies and friends, in decisions affecting our collective defence and international security NATO is a unique political-military alliance of like-minded countries. NATO is the world's premiere military alliance and offers Canada a privileged political dialogue with countries that share common interests in international security, and we remain committed to working with our Allies to strengthen NATO as an agile and effective instrument of peace and security. These Ministerial meetings give us the opportunity to engage in open and frank discussion around the NATO table."

The Honourable Rob NicholsonP.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of National Defence

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New Release - Minister Nicholson participates in his first NATO Defence Ministerial meeting in Brussels

Backgrounder - Canada and NATO

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