Government of Canada Signs Defence Cooperation Arrangement with the UAE

News Release

December 18, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Canada and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) share a mutual commitment to regional security, including countering terrorism and violent extremism in the Middle East. Both countries firmly believe that by working together, a more stable and peaceful region can be achieved.

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan today signed the Canada-UAE Defence Cooperation Arrangement with His Excellency Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defense Affairs.

This Arrangement represents the renewal and strengthening of Canada and the UAE’s bilateral defence relationship.  It will help advance shared interests, including increased personnel training opportunities, defence engagement, and the promotion of regional stability. 


“The signing of the Canada-UAE Defence Cooperation Arrangement is a testament to the enduring partnership between our nations. We will continue our joint efforts to counter violent extremism in the Middle East as we work to build a more peaceful and prosperous world for both Canadians and the Emirati people.”

– Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan

Quick Facts

  • Canada and the UAE have an established history of military cooperation and have served together in joint operations.

  • This includes serving in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, formed under U.N. Security Council Resolution 1386 of 20 December 2001 to maintain security in and around Kabul, and more recently as part of the Global Coalition against Daesh, which has been working diligently to dismantle and defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

  • The UAE has a large expatriate population, and hosts an estimated 40,000 Canadians.


Byrne Furlong
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of National Defence

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353

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