Mei 24 2012

Meeting between Italian and Canadian ministers

Gepubliceerd door om 17:27 onder Global F35 News

Canadian Department of National Defence; issued a statement on May 24, 2012 about the talks of Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence of Canada with Italy’s Undersecretary of State for Defence FilippoMilone in Toronto:

Today, I met with FilippoMilone, Italy’s Undersecretary of State for Defence, to discuss and re-affirm our countries’ bi-lateral defence relationship.

We agreed that our countries are important allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), with many common defence priorities. We each appreciate the support the other nation committed to NATO’s mission and Libya, and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

Furthermore, we discussed our participation in the development of the Joint Strike Fighter program that has resulted in economic benefits for industry and skilled workers in our respective countries. While Canada is committed to sustaining the Canadian Forces’ fighter capability, we will not proceed with a decision to purchase any replacement aircraft until the seven points we have outlined have been implemented.

Italy has strong cultural ties in Canada, and our countries will continue working collaboratively to make meaningful contributions to international security, human rights and the rule of law. In today’s global security environment, bi-lateral relationships such as the one that exists between Canada and Italy are increasingly important to protecting our mutual values and way of life.”

Source: Department of National Defence, Canda, 24-May-2012

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