Security policy continues to occupy centre stage in Norway and Canada’s bilateral relationship, and our transatlantic ties are more important than ever as we navigate today's security policy landscape. Ambassador Anne Kari H. Ovind was therefore pleased to welcome Norway’s Chief of Defence, Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, to Ottawa on his official visit to Canada on April 10-12, 2018.
Norway and Canada are both founding members of NATO, the UN and the Arctic Council and have a shared outlook on international peace and security. Over the years, our countries have cooperated closely in international operations, in the development of a rules-based global order and in safeguarding the Arctic as a peaceful region characterised by international cooperation.
Admiral Bruun-Hanssen met with Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance. During his visit, the Norwegian flag was raised above the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
The Admiral also took the opportunity to welcome Canadian troops to Norway later this year as Norway hosts NATO’s High Visibility exercise Trident Juncture, with around 35,000 soldiers expected to participate. Norway has a long tradition of hosting major allied and multinational military exercises, among them Norwegian-led Exercise Cold Response with Canadian participation.