Government of Canada Signs Defence Cooperation Arrangement with Qatar

News release

August 11, 2021 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Today, in a virtual ceremony, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence signed the Canada-Qatar Defence Cooperation Arrangement with His Excellency Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs for Qatar.

Canada and Qatar are committed to supporting peace and stability in the Middle East, including by combating terrorism and violent extremism, and through preserving regional prosperity. Strengthened collaboration and coordination between both countries will help contribute to long-term security in the region.

This Arrangement will strengthen Canada’s bilateral defence relationship with Qatar and provide an overarching framework for the coordination of various defence cooperation activities, including peace and humanitarian operations, and personnel training. The Arrangement further reinforces Canada’s approach to defence relationships with partner countries across the Middle East, which is an important component of regional security. 

Quotes

“Today’s signing of the Canada-Qatar Defence Cooperation Arrangement demonstrates our commitment to building greater security in the region. We will continue to work closely together to address the global challenges of today and build a safer and more peaceful world for tomorrow.”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

Quick facts

  • Canada and Qatar have maintained uninterrupted diplomatic relations since 1974. Qatar remains an important security partner and diplomatic actor in the Middle East.

  • Canada’s engagement in the Middle East contributes to the advancement of peace and prosperity through sustained, multi-faceted efforts. Under Operation IMPACT, Canada contributes to the Global Coalition against Daesh, which has been essential in fostering security and stability in Iraq and more broadly in the Middle East.

  • Canadian Armed Forces personnel are currently stationed in Qatar in support of multi-national counter-terrorism efforts in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia under Operation FOUNDATION and Operation IMPACT.

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Contacts

Daniel Minden
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-3100
Email: Daniel.Minden@forces.gc.ca

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-904-3333
Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca

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