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Published:June 8th, 2017 12:09 EST

Canada's New Defense Policy Draws Praise From Mattis

By SOP newswire3

Pentagon officials are heartened by Canadas announcement today of a new defense policy that will increase its defense budget and the size of its military, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a statement.

"The United States welcomes Canada`s marked increase in investment in their military and their continued commitment to a strong defense relationship with the United States and NATO," the secretary said.

Policy Demonstrates Resolve

Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan announced details of the policy during a news conference in the Canadian capital of Ottawa.

Mattis said the new policy demonstrates Canada`s resolve to build additional military capacity and a more capable fighting force.

"In light of today`s security challenges around the world," he added, "it`s critical for Canada`s moral voice to be supported by the hard power of a strong military."

https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1206952/canadas-new-defense-policy-draws-praise-from-mattis/

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