Halifax, International Security Forum

Just as it has been since 2009, France was very well represented at the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF), which ran November 22–24. At this exclusive, high-level meeting—often presented as “the Davos of international security” or the North American equivalent of the security meeting that takes place in Berlin—France’s representatives included Hubert Védrine, former Minister of Foreign Affairs; Pierre Lellouche, deputy and former Minister and former President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly; Arnaud Danjean, Chair of the European Parliament Subcommittee on Security and Defence; General Paloméros, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation; Camille Grand, President of the Foundation for Strategic Research; and Isabelle Lasserre, diplomatic correspondent and defense expert for Le Figaro. Alongside the many other ministers and political leaders from 50 countries (including American Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Senator John McCain, and Israel’s Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon), they discussed the role of France and of the European Union, challenges in Sahel and in Africa, terrorist threats, and the Iranian nuclear program, which was at the heart of discussions following the announcement of the agreement reached in Geneva. Messrs. Védrine, Lellouche, and Danjean also had bilateral meetings or contact with many of the leading Ministers of the Canadian government: John Baird (Foreign Affairs), Rob Nicholson (National Defense), Steven Blaney (Public Safety), and, of course, the host and developer of the event, Peter MacKay (Justice). The Halifax Forum is an opportunity for prioritized discussion of strategic issues and it strengthens the close bilateral relationship that unites France and Canada in this sector. We would like to congratulate and thank the government of Canada and the HISF President, Peter Van Praagh. We also hope that the Halifax International Security Forum, which is currently celebrating its fifth anniversary, continues on for many more years to come!”

Last modified on 12/12/2013

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