Canada promotes regional security and safety in Southeast Asia

July 25, 2016 - Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced seven new security and safety initiatives worth more than $17 million during his participation at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Canada Post-Ministerial Conference in Vientiane, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR).

These seven projects support initiatives across the ASEAN region to enhance counter-terrorism measures; to prevent, deter and combat human smuggling; to strengthen biological and nuclear security; and to bolster resilience in the face of humanitarian disasters.

This investment in new capacity-building assistance to ASEAN member states will enhance their ability to combat terrorism and to reduce the devastating impact of human smuggling and the threats posed by nuclear proliferation and man-made or naturally occurring biological pathogens.

Together, these initiatives represent a clear commitment by Canada to Southeast Asia, and are tangible examples of the strategic importance of our long-standing and now expanding relationship with ASEAN.

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“Canada is committed to expanding relations with ASEAN and playing a more active role in Southeast Asia. With these initiatives, Canada is taking concrete steps to enhance its partnership with the region, and to promote sustainable development in Southeast Asia.”

- Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs

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