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Ottawa, Ontario – 28 August 2014
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that he will travel to London, United Kingdom (U.K.), from September 2 to 3, 2014, on an official visit, which will include participation in a bilateral trade mission. He will then travel to Newport and Cardiff (Wales), U.K., to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit from September 4 to 5, 2014.
In London, the Prime Minister will explore ways to promote new trade and investment opportunities between the two countries, including through the historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement. He will also discuss key international challenges such as the situations in Ukraine and the Middle East.
During his visit, the Prime Minister will meet with a number of key U.K. business leaders to promote Canada as a premier trading partner and a stable and reliable country in which to invest and do business. He will be accompanied by Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, who will be leading a trade mission to explore the competitive advantages that the Canada-EU Trade Agreement is expected to create.
The Prime Minister will then travel to Wales to participate in the NATO Summit which will bring together leaders from the 28 member countries as well as a number of non-NATO partner countries. He will be accompanied by John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence. At the Summit, the Prime Minister will underscore Canada’s commitment to the Alliance and the ongoing need for a strong and coordinated response to Russia’s efforts to destabilize Ukraine and undermine the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He will engage in frank discussions with his counterparts on pressing political and security challenges facing the trans-Atlantic community, including the security transition in Afghanistan.
- Canada and the U.K. enjoy excellent and long-standing bilateral relations enhanced by strong cooperation in international fora including the Commonwealth, the G-7, the G-20, NATO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.
- The U.K. is Canada’s third-largest destination for exports and fifth-largest trade partner after the United States, China, Mexico, and Japan. Two-way merchandise trade between Canada and the U.K. reached $22.5 billion in 2013, and the U.K. is Canada’s third most important source of foreign direct investment which totalled over $56 billion in 2013.
- This is Prime Minister Harper’s fifth visit to the U.K. since Prime Minister Cameron took office in spring 2010. The Prime Minister last visited London in June 2013, on his way to the G-8 Summit in Northern Ireland.
- Canada has been at the forefront of the international community’s response to the situation in Ukraine and is providing reassurance to NATO Allies by contributing aircraft, a ship and troops to promote security and stability in Eastern and Central Europe.
- Canada is also providing over $250 million to support Ukraine through the current crisis and to help implement key reforms and stabilize its economy, and has imposed sanctions against over 180 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities. Furthermore, Canada continues to provide training for Ukrainian military and civilian personnel through the Military Training Cooperation Program and has contributed $5 million in non-lethal security assistance to Ukraine.
- Canada is a founding member of NATO, and has been a major contributor to Alliance operations over the past 65 years. Canada has played a significant role in Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans and on the seas, and continues to provide modern, deployable capabilities to Allied missions and highly trained personnel to NATO’s command structure.
“Canada and the U.K. have deep and historic relations characterized by a shared monarch, similar parliamentary systems, strong people-to-people ties and a firm commitment to peace, democracy and the rule of law. I look forward to building on an already broad and dynamic relationship, including through the Canada-EU Trade Agreement, which is by far Canada’s most ambitious and comprehensive trade agreement.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper
“Peace and stability in Europe are being threatened in a way the world has not seen since the Cold War. Canada remains united with our NATO Allies and close international partners in calling on Russia to immediately cease its military aggression and provocative action, stop the flow of weapons and militants into Ukraine, and persuade insurgents to lay down their weapons and renounce violence. Inaction on the part of President Putin will only result in further political and economic isolation.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper
“NATO is the cornerstone of trans-Atlantic security and defence, which brings together North American and European Allies to address significant security threats. Canada remains steadfast in our support of and participation in the Alliance, and I would like to thank Anders Fogh Rasmussen for his contribution as Secretary General since August 2009. I look forward to working with Jens Stoltenberg as NATO’s next Secretary General as well as the leaders of other Allied countries to continue to position the Alliance for success in the future.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper