Minister MacKay Participates in the Munich Security Conference

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Department of National Defence

February 3, 2013 - 09:00:00 AM

Minister MacKay Participates in the Munich Security Conference

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 3, 2013) - The Honourable Peter MacKay,
Minister of National Defence, today concluded his participation in the 49th
Munich Security Conference, which took place from February 1 to 3, 2013 in
Germany.

The Munich Security Conference is a premier forum where world leaders,
ministers, parliamentarians, government officials, senior military officers,
academics, journalists, and other security experts meet to exchange views on
current international security issues and concerns.

"Presenting a Canadian voice and Canada's positions on international security
matters at a premier security conference is integral to the success of our
foreign policy and security objectives," stated Minister MacKay. "This
conference provides a unique opportunity to remind our allies, our partners,
and the international security community what Canada brings to the table and
furthers our defence and security priorities. I am proud to once again
participate in this important conference and share Canadian perspectives on
key issues such as Mali and Syria."

Alongside Minister MacKay, prominent international participants included
Wolfgang Ischinger, Ambassador, Chairman, Munich Security Conference; Thomas
de Maiziere, Federal Minister of Defence, Germany; Minister for Defence Ng Eng
Hen, Singapore; Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Defence, United
Kingdom; and U.S. Senator John McCain, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed
Services Committee and Member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and
Governmental Affairs.

During the conference, Minister MacKay engaged in a series of bilateral
meetings with key counterparts from around the world,as well as in a meeting
with the U.S Congressional delegation of Senators and Congresspeople headed by
Senator John McCain, to discuss ongoing challenges in international security
and defence to advance Canadian interests. He also participated in a
discussion panel entitled: "Does Responsibility to Protect Have a Future?"

Similar to the Halifax International Security Forum, the Munich Security
Conference provides Canada with an opportunity to demonstrate our leadership
in international security, whether it be through our longstanding
transatlantic Alliance relationships or our growing engagement in the Americas
and the Asia-Pacific region. 

For more information on the Munich Conference on Security, please consult the
following link: http://www.securityconference.de and the following
backgrounder:
http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=4617.

Please consult the following link to read Minister MacKay's comments during
the conference:
http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=4616.

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