Deputy Secretary of Defense Spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson provided the following readout:
Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work visited Halifax, Nova Scotia Nov. 19-21, to meet with senior government and military officials and participate in the Halifax International Security Forum (ISF).
Work also hosted a multi-lateral discussion, about Russian aggression and actions, with North American, European and Eurasian Allies and partners. Participants included senior government or military officials from more than a dozen countries.
During his visit, the deputy secretary met separately with the Canadian Minister of Defense Harjit Sajjan; Colombian Minister of Defense Luis Carlos Villegas; Georgian Minister of Defense Tinatin Khidasheli; Ukrainian Deputy Minister and Chief of Staff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Vadym Prystaiko; Montenegrin Minister of Defense Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic; and Albanian Minister of Defense Mimi Kodheli.
Discussions focused on global security challenges, including collaboration for ongoing operations to counter Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as well as the situation in Paris, efforts to share intelligence, and NATO reassurance initiatives.
More specifically, Work spoke with Sajjan and expressed appreciation of Canada’s support in the fight against ISIL and their commitment to look at all options to continue to make valuable contributions to the coalition. With Villegas, Work thanked Colombia for being one of our closest partners in Latin America and pledged continued U.S. support to help Colombia consolidate its historic peace process and advance shared security objectives. Work and Khidasheli highlighted Georgia’s continued support in Afghanistan. With Prystaiko, Work addressed NATO reforms and the need for Ukraine to plan up to NATO standards. Work and Pejanovic-Djurisic discussed the role and importance of NATO. With Kodheli, the deputy secretary expressed appreciation for Albanian support to the counter ISIL effort.
Throughout his visit, Work reaffirmed the department’s commitment to sustaining strong bilateral relationships and reaffirmed U.S. commitment to our allies and partners.
Release No: NR-445-15
November 21, 2015