PM, NATO chief to visit Petawawa

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), will discuss international issues and meet with local troops during a visit to Garrison Petawawa.

The Prime Minister’s Office announced Wednesday that Trudeau and Stoltenberg will visit the local base during a three-day visit to Canada by the NATO Secretary General.

On Monday, the two will have a “bilateral meeting at the Canadian Forces Base in Petawawa, Ontario, followed by a joint media availability,” the announcement said.

“The Prime Minister and the Secretary General will then have lunch with service members.”

“During the visit, the two leaders will discuss global challenges and key issues facing the Alliance. Prime Minister Trudeau will stress the need for NATO partners to work together to defend the rules-based international order, advance peace and security, and build a better future for people around the world.

“He will highlight Canada’s steadfast commitment to the Alliance, and underscore Canada’s leadership within NATO, including at the head of the enhanced Forward Presence battlegroup in Latvia and the NATO training and capacity building mission in Iraq.”

Secretary General Stoltenberg will also travel to Toronto later that day, to deliver a keynote address at Massey College.

“I look forward to meeting with Secretary General Stoltenberg to discuss pressing issues facing the Alliance and its partners, and to highlight Canada’s leadership on security challenges around the world,” Trudeau said in the announcement.

“This year marks NATO’s 70th anniversary. Now more than ever, it’s vital that NATO Allies work together to defend the rules-based international order, and build a more peaceful, prosperous future for people around the world.”