Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan met with his British counterpart, Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon, for the first time last month. The two defence leaders expressed a mutual desire to work collaboratively on issues of common interest, including allied contributions to the Global Coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
During their meeting, Minister Sajjan and Secretary Fallon discussed a number of pressing security and defence issues, including the coordination of national training efforts in Ukraine and Canada’s intent to continue to make positive contributions to the global coalition against ISIL. Congratulations were also paid to the UK on the recent release of the Strategic Defence and Security Review. “I am pleased to have met with my counterpart to further build upon the enduring relationship between Canada and the United Kingdom”, Sajjan said.
The Minister also took a moment to lay a wreath at the Canadian Memorial in Green Park, located across from Buckingham Palace. The Canada Memorial pays tribute to the nearly one million Canadian and Newfoundland men and women who served in the United Kingdom during the First and Second World Wars. In particular, it honours the more than 100,000 brave Canadians and Newfoundlanders who paid the ultimate sacrifice for peace and freedom.