Cameron in Canada for security, economic talks

23rd September 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Ottawa on Thursday for economic and security talks with his Canadian counterpart, Stephen Harper, and to address a joint session of parliament.

The two leaders are also to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at Canada's National War Memorial. Cameron will meet privately with Harper, after addressing lawmakers, before heading home in the evening.

In recent years, Canada and Britain have intensified their military, law enforcement and intelligence cooperation, including in Afghanistan and through their engagement in the NATO-led operation in Libya.

Officials said Cameron and Harper are expected to discuss Libya, as well as the global economy and Europe's debt crisis -- Britain is Canada's fourth largest trading partner with bilateral trade topping $27 billion last year).

The leaders of six G20 industrialized and developing nations, including Canada and Britain, in an open letter earlier called on eurozone governments to urgently tackle the debt crisis, warning of contagion risks to the world economy.

"Clearly the situation in Europe is serious," Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said.

"It is important that Europeans take decisive action to resolve their debt issues and mitigate the market turmoil and uncertainty that is holding back growth."

Tony Blair, in 2001, was the last British prime minister to address a joint session of parliament in Ottawa.

© 2011 AFP

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