The UAE and Canada are exploring cooperation in the military and defense sectors.
Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defense Affairs, received in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, Harjit Singh Sajjan, Canada’s Minister of National Defense.
During the meeting, both sides discussed means to develop cooperation between the two countries, Emirates news agency WAM reported.
Al Bowardi and Sajjan also reviewed military and defense sector ties between the UAE and Canada. They exchanged views on issues of mutual interest, and current regional and international developments.
The meeting was attended by senior officials and officers of the Ministry of Defense, along with the visiting delegation accompanying the Canadian Minister.
Earlier, Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has met with the visiting Canadian Minister of National Defense.
The meeting addressed the bilateral relations, with the two Ministers exchanging views on a number of regional issues of common interest.
Harjit Singh Sajjan has served Canada and his community as both a soldier and a police officer. He continues his service to Canada as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver South and as Minister of National Defense, The Government of Canada’s website says.
Harjit is a retired Lieutenant-Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and a combat veteran. He was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and served three separate deployments to Kandahar, Afghanistan. Harjit has received numerous recognitions for his service, including the Meritorious Service Medal for reducing the Taliban’s influence in Kandahar Province. He is also a recipient of the Order of Military Merit, one of the military’s highest recognitions. Harjit also served as an Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.
Harjit was a police officer with the Vancouver Police Department for 11 years. He completed his last assignment as a Detective-Constable with the Gang Crime Unit specializing in organized crime. He proudly tackled gang violence and drug crimes in Vancouver. Harjit is also a human security specialist, and has lectured to a wide audience in both Canada and the United States, the site added.