Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 22, 2010 10:10 ET

Minister of National Defence and United States Secretary of Defense Discuss Strategic Cooperation

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA--(Marketwire - March 22, 2010) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Canada's Minister of National Defence, and Dr. Robert M. Gates, the United States Secretary of Defense, met today at the Pentagon to discuss ways to strengthen and expand U.S.-Canada continental and hemispheric strategic cooperation.

"The Canadian government is pleased to once again have had the opportunity to work with our closest partner and ally in improving defence cooperation," said Minister MacKay. "We are committed to addressing shared interests and challenges and strengthening our strong defence relationship."

During their meeting, Minister MacKay and Secretary Gates discussed issues such as the Arctic, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), defence critical infrastructure protection, and defence support of civil authorities. They also discussed collaborative and complementary engagement on hemispheric defence and security issues, and the planning of the Trilateral Defence Ministers Meeting between Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

This meeting between Minister MacKay and Secretary Gates follows the bilateral meeting that took place in Halifax on November 20, 2009.

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