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Canada Trudeau to attend NATO leaders meeting in U.K., 70th anniversary of alliance

08:15  29 november  2019
08:15  29 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Justin Trudeau wearing a suit and tie© Provided by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to attend the NATO leaders meeting next week in the U.K.

Trudeau's office says while in London he will meet with allies to mark the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

During the meeting, Trudeau plans to reiterate Canada's commitment to NATO and to trans-Atlantic security, as well as the importance of working together to modernize the alliance.

The meeting agenda calls for highlighting the alliance's achievements in defence and deterrence.

Leaders are also to discuss the importance of maintaining unity and to address emerging and future threats.

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Trudeau says for 70 years NATO has been a cornerstone of Canadian defence and security policy.

"I look forward to meet with NATO leaders, and to reaffirm Canada’s strong commitment to this alliance and its values," Trudeau said in a release late Thursday.

"Whether by leading efforts to prevent and end conflict, or contributing to NATO's work on women, peace and security, Canada is there for our allies as we build a more peaceful and stable world."

The meeting is set for Dec. 3 and 4.

A founding member of the alliance, Canada is a major contributor to NATO.

Canada currently leads NATO's enhanced Forward Presence battlegroup in Latvia, as well as the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2.

In Iraq, Canada commands the NATO mission to help the country.

This report was first published by The Canadian Press Nov. 28, 2019.

The Canadian Press

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