U-N SECRETARY GENERAL COMING TO OTTAWA TO MEET P-M

Feb 10, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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U-N Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will be visiting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tomorrow in Ottawa.

Ban’s meeting will underscore a key foreign policy priority for the new Liberal government – closer ties with the United Nations.

Ban and Trudeau are expected to discuss climate change and women’s rights, the Syrian refugee crisis and the potential for Canada to contribute more to U-N peacekeeping.

–Meanwhile– U-S Defence Secretary Ash Carter has thanked his Canadian counterpart, Harjit Sajjan, for tripling the contingent of military trainers in Iraq.

The two men had a face-to-face meeting at the larger gathering of NATO defence  ministers in Brussels today – and sources say Carter also thanked Sajjan for a plan to double Canada’s intelligence-gathering assets.

The Trudeau government has faced sharp criticism from some Canadians – for plans to pull Canada’s six CF-18 fighter jets out of Iraq.

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