October 7, 2020 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Canada is dedicated to maintaining and strengthening its multilateral relationships with allies and partners, and understands the important role of NATO as a cornerstone of Canada’s international security policy. Engagement with the international community is crucial to mitigating the security and stability consequences brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minister of National Defence, Harjit S. Sajjan, participated today in a successful virtual panel entitled A Compass of Stability: NATO’s Ageless Utility as part of the GLOBSEC 2020 Bratislava Forum. The themes of defence and security, as well as COVID-19, were addressed with the co-panellists Jaroslav Naď, Minister of Defence of the Slovak Republic, and Dr. Artis Pabriks, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Latvia.

During the panel, Minister Sajjan reiterated that, as a founding member of NATO, Canada recognizes the importance of trans-Atlantic unity for the safety and security of Canadians and our allies. He discussed the challenges NATO Allies are currently facing, how NATO can adapt and remain fit for purpose, and the firm belief that collaboration is critical to our enduring success. 

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