Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

May 20, 2009 16:25 ET

Van Loan and Napolitano to Hold First Formal High-Level Border Meeting

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 20, 2009) - During their recent meeting in Washington, D.C., Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan and Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, agreed to establish a formal mechanism of twice yearly high-level meetings to manage issues on the shared border, a process that did not previously exist. The first of these meetings will take place May 26th in Detroit, Michigan and May 27th in Ottawa.

"I look forward to hosting Janet Napolitano on her first official visit to Canada as Secretary of Homeland Security, and renewing our practical problem-solving discussions following my recent trip to Washington," said Minister Van Loan.

The regular High-Level Meeting mechanism is seen as a major positive step forward for Canada, strengthening the relationship with the U.S. and creating an opportunity for both countries to smooth trade and improve security at the border.

"As close neighbours, our security and trade interests are shared. The Prime Minister reminded us recently that threats to the national security of the United States also represent threats to Canada," added Minister Van Loan. "The Secretary's visit will allow us to advance initiatives and develop a mutual appreciation of the economic importance of smooth trade and the progress both countries have been making to improve security."

Follow-up advisories will be issued with details on media availabilities and photo opportunities.

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