Canada and other NATO Allies address emerging threats to stability and peace
June 20, 2020
Global Korean Post
NATO is a cornerstone of Canada’s international security policy. It provides an important international forum in which to engage other nations on defence and security.
Canada has contributed to every major NATO mission since the Alliance was founded more than 70 years ago.
Canada is dedicated to maintaining and strengthening its multilateral relationships with allies and partners and understands the important role NATO plays in Euro-Atlantic security. By maintaining this unique link between the two continents, Canada and other NATO Allies are able to collectively address both traditional and emerging threats to stability and peace.
Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan on June 18 concluded a successful virtual NATO Defence Ministers’ Meeting, where he participated in discussions on a number of issues including NATO’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, deterrence and defence, and NATO operations and missions.
During the Defence Ministers’ Meeting, Minister Sajjan reiterated that the engagement of the international community is crucial to mitigating the security and stability consequences of COVID-19. He discussed the importance of continued communication, coordination and collaboration at all levels to contain and reduce the spread of the virus, and the need to continue to share best practices and risk assessments. We are supportive NATO’s efforts to better prepare the Alliance for pandemic related needs, including stockpiling of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and streamlining NATO’s procurement processes.
Minister Sajjan outlined Canada’s response to address the COVID-19 pandemic both domestically and internationally. He also underscored the vital role that NATO continues to play in supporting Allies, partners and the entire of global community in their response to the pandemic.