27 Mar '12, 4pm

TRANSCRIPT: #SecDef media availability en route to Ottowa, #Canada on Monday

Media Availability with Secretary Panetta en route to Ottawa, Canada SECRETARY OF DEFENSE LEON PANETTA: This is going to be a quick one. It’s an important trip to Ottawa. I think the main reason it’s so important is that this is the first trilateral meeting we have had between the United States, Canada and Mexico. That’s unprecedented. I’ll be meeting with Minister Peter Mackay, with General Galvan, Secretary of the Army, Mexico. And with Admiral Sinez (ph), who is the Secretary of the Navy. The purpose, obviously, is to strengthen the partnership between our three countries with regards to the security of North America. That’s the goal. We’ve got some common challenges. The challenges we face, obviously, are counter-narcotics, organized crime, terrorism, border security, humanitarian disaster relief and, you know, the whole issue of trying to ensure that we deal with issu...

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