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Canada signs defence cooperation arrangement with the United Arab Emirates

Canada signed on to a Defence Cooperation Arrangement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that would allow the two countries to work together to promote regional stability and counter-terrorism.

The agreement was signed by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and His Excellency Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defense Affairs.

“The signing of the Canada-UAE Defence Cooperation Arrangement is a testament to the enduring partnership between our nations. We will continue our joint efforts to counter violent extremism in the Middle East as we work to build a more peaceful and prosperous world for both Canadians and the Emirati people,” said Sajjan.

The agreement is expected to advance shared interests such as increased personnel training opportunities, defence engagement, and the promotion of regional stability.

Canada and the UAE have a longstanding history of military cooperation going back to 2001 under the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, to maintain security in and around Kabul. More recently, the two countries have worked together as part of the Global Coalition against Daesh.

The UAE and Canada are also linked through the UAE’s large expatriate population. The UAE hosts an estimated 40,000 Canadians.

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