Minister of National Defence reaffirms Canada’s strong defence relationship with Lithuania

January 20, 2015

OTTAWA – The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C. M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of National Defence, today met with Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas at Canada’s National Defence Headquarters.  Joined by many senior Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Officials, the two Ministers addressed a number of common defence and security issues, including Russia’s ongoing aggression and interference in Ukraine, coalition efforts against ISIL, and the outcomes of last fall’s NATO Summit in Wales.  The meeting also afforded the Minsters the opportunity to consider possible future defence and military cooperation.

“I was very happy to have hosted Minister Olekas and meet with him this morning to reaffirm our close defence relationship.  Our discussions were positive and productive, and created the conditions for possible future talks on further defence and military cooperation between Canada and Lithuania”, said Minister Nicholson.  “Canada remains strongly committed to supporting the ongoing efforts to bring peace and stability to Central and Eastern Europe.”


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