OTTAWA, ON, 19 August 2022 /CNW/ – The Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenbergvisiting Canada from 24-26 August 2022. He travels to Edmontonin Albertaat Cambridge Bayto Nunavutas well as Cold Lakein Alberta.
During the visit, the Prime Minister and the Secretary-General will seek to promote shared priorities. They will discuss global issues, including threats to Euro-Atlantic security and in particular the illegal and unjustified invasion ofUkraine of Russia. In addition, they will address the issue of climate change and its impact on defense and security, particularly in the Arctic.
On 25 August at Cambridge Bay, the Prime Minister and the Secretary General will visit one of the facilities of the North Warning System – an important element of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) – as well as the Canadian research station in the ‘High Arctic. They will also speak with local community and Inuit leaders and meet with members of the Canadian Armed Forces stationed in Cambridge Bay as part of Operation NANOOK-NUNAKPUT.
On 26 August, the Prime Minister and the Secretary-General will participate on the 4e Wing Cold Lake, one of Canada’s combat aircraft bases, where they will talk about Canada’s contribution to NATO and Canada’s partnership in NORAD, among other things. They will also discuss Canada’s recently announced continental defense modernization plan, which includes investments of $38.6 billion over the next twenty years that will strengthen NATO’s western and northern flanks. . In addition, they will meet members of the Canadian Armed Forces. The Prime Minister and the Secretary-General will then hold a bilateral meeting to advance their shared priorities. They will talk about tough climate action and Canada’s continued commitment to NATO. They will also discuss the North Atlantic Defense Innovation Accelerator, which will put the best new technologies at the service of transatlantic security, as well as the NATO Center of Excellence for Climate Change and Security, which is underway in Montreal.
“I am very pleased to welcome Secretary-General Stoltenberg back to Canada. His visit will allow us to advance action on issues critical to Canada and the Alliance, from international security to climate change and its consequences. Together, we will continue to to act in close cooperation with our allies and partners. This is how we can deal with security threats and challenges, defend our values and our way of life, and strengthen the rules-based international system today and in the years to come.”
— Right Hon. Justin TrudeauPrime Minister of Canada
- The last meeting between Prime Minister Trudeau and Secretary General Stoltenberg took place on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madridin Spain, in June 2022.
- The Secretary-General’s last visit to Canada was in July 2019.
- Canada is a founding member of NATO. Since its creation in 1949, NATO has been a central pillar of Euro-Atlantic defense and a cornerstone of Canadian defense and security policy.
- At the last NATO summit in Madridthe Prime Minister announced Canada’s intention to host the regional office for North America North of Defense Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA). DIANA will focus on new and disruptive technologies that NATO prioritizes, including artificial intelligence, big data processing, quantum technologies, autonomy, biotechnology, new materials and space.
- Currently, Canada contributes to the following NATO operations, missions and activities:
- Support for NATO’s permissive and deterrent measures i Europe Central and Eastern through operation REASSURANCE:
- led NATO’s multinational Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Latvia, as a framework nation, since 2017;
- deploy a general and staff staff to the headquarters of the multinational division in the north of Latvia;
- deploy CF-18 fighters to conduct surveillance and air policing activities i Europe;
- provide for two coastal defense vessels of the class kingston at 1eh Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group.
- Supporting training and capacity building efforts in the Middle East as part of Operation IMPACT, particularly within the NATO mission in Iraq;
- Placement of personnel in the Force for Kosovo NATO as part of Operation KOBOLD.
- Canada placed 3,400 Canadian Armed Forces personnel from all military divisions on heightened alert for deployment as part of the NATO Response Force in Europe from the east if necessary.
- Canada provides two CC-130 Hercules aircraft operating from the United Kingdom to support bilateral allied donations toUkraine.
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SOURCE Office of the Prime Minister of Canada
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