The Uae has a large expat population and is home to approximately 40,000 Canadians. « The signing of the Canada-United Arab Emirates Defence Cooperation Agreement is proof of the enduring partnership between our nations. We will continue our joint efforts to combat violent extremism in the Middle East as we work to build a more peaceful and prosperous world for both Canadians and the Emirati people. Byrne Furlong Spokesperson Office of the Minister of National Defence613-996-3100E-Mail: Byrne.Furlong@forces.gc.ca Minister of Defence Harjit S. Sajjan today signed the Canada-United Arab Emirates Cooperation Agreement with His Excellency Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs. These include the service of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, which was established from among the United Nations. Security Council Resolution 1386 of 20 December 2001 on the maintenance of security in and around Kabul, and more recently within the framework of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh, which has worked hard to dismantle and defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria. Canada and the United Arab Emirates share a shared commitment to regional security, including countering terrorism and violent extremism in the Middle East. The two countries firmly believe that cooperation will lead to a more stable and peaceful region. Canada and the United Arab Emirates have a well-established history of military cooperation and have served together in joint operations. This agreement is the renewal and strengthening of the bilateral defence relations between Canada and the United Arab Emirates. It will help promote common interests, including improved staff training opportunities, defence engagement and the promotion of regional stability. Media National Defence ServicePhone: 613-996-2353E-Mail: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca.

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