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Minister Blair to welcome Germany’s Minister of Defence Boris Pistorius to Canada

The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence, will welcome Germany’s Minister of Defence, Boris Pistorius, to Canada for a bilateral meeting.

This is Minister Pistorius’s first visit to Canada since his appointment as Germany’s Minister of Defence. During the bilateral meeting, Minister Blair and Minister Pistorius will discuss Canada’s recently-released defence policy update, Our North, Strong and Free, Canada-Germany defence relations, our collective efforts to support Ukraine, and our work to strengthen NATO’s defence and deterrence posture, including in the Baltic states, where both Canada and Germany lead multinational NATO battle groups.

The following events on May 10, 2024, will be open to media. All times are local.

9:10 am – Minister Blair and Minister Pistorius will visit the National War Memorial in Ottawa, where Minister Pistorius will lay a wreath.

Notes for media:

  • Open coverage
  • Media are asked to arrive no later than 9:00 am.

9:45 am – Minister Blair and Minister Pistorius will participate in a welcoming ceremony, including an honour guard, at National Defence Headquarters.

  • Open coverage
  • Media are asked to arrive no later than 9:30 am.
  • Location: National Defence Headquarters, 101 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0K2
  • Media interested in participating should register with National Defence’s Media Relations Office at mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca to confirm their attendance.

11:40 am – Minister Blair and Minister Pistorius will hold a media availability at National Defence Headquarters.

  • Open coverage
  • Media are asked to arrive no later than 11:15 am
  • Location: National Defence Headquarters, 101 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0K2
  • Media interested in participating should register with National Defence’s media relations office at mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca to confirm their attendance.

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