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Today, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of National Defence, participated in the Second Trilateral Meeting of North American Defence Ministers in Mexico City, Mexico. The meeting was hosted by Mexico’s Secretary of National Defence, General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, and the Secretary of the Navy, Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, and attended by U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

During the meeting, the Defence Ministers discussed challenges to North American security, including North American southern border security, cyber defence, as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster response.

Minister Nicholson also signed the Declaration of Intent on Defence Cooperation between Canada and Mexico with General Cienfuegos and Admiral Soberón. The Declaration of Intent further solidifies defence relations between Canada and Mexico, and demonstrates commitment by both countries to continue cooperation in areas such as military training, support to civilian authorities, defence research, defence materiel cooperation, defence industry matters, as well as other areas of importance to defence and security.

Quick Facts

  • The inaugural Trilateral Meeting of North American Defence Ministers was held on March 27, 2012, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • In support of Canada's Strategy for Engagement in the Americas and in collaboration with Canadian security partners (Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada; Public Safety Canada; the Canada Border Services Agency; and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police), the DND/CAF are increasing their engagement in the western hemisphere.
  • The Defence Team is working to strengthen relationships with key defence and security allies, enhance emerging ones, and build new partnerships that will contribute to domestic, continental, and international peace and security.
  • Canada and Mexico have experienced steady growth in their defence ties in the last few years. This growth has been demonstrated through exchanges, joint exercises, military training cooperation, high level visits, and regular staff talks, all of which attest to the positive defence relationship between our countries.
  • After nearly 70 years of diplomatic relations, Canada and Mexico have developed a comprehensive relationship that encompasses a wide range of bilateral, trilateral, regional and global issues. This engagement includes trade and investment, labour mobility, tourism, migration, security, health, climate change and energy. 
  • Regular political-military talks between the defence and foreign ministries of Canada and Mexico were established in 2006 to further develop cooperation on related hemispheric and international security issues. The seventh round of talks was held in December 2013 in Mexico City.


“Canada, the United States, and Mexico share common goals and interests about the defence and security of North America. Canada enjoys positive and strong defence relations with the U.S. and Mexico, and together, we share a common determination to strengthen North American defence. The Trilateral Meeting of North American Defence Ministers has given us a valuable opportunity to further deepen our cooperation and collaboration towards our common goals of ensuring the security of our citizens, and our continent. Signing the Declaration of Intent on Defence Cooperation with Mexico is a demonstration of this cooperation and collaboration, and shows Canada’s commitment to deepening the defence component of Canada’s longstanding, friendly relations with Mexico.”

The Honourable Rob Nicholson
Minister of National Defence

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