A new Arctic strategy released by the U.S. is welcome and “entirely consistent” with Canada’s approach in the region Defence Minister Rob Nicholson said Saturday.
Speaking as part of a panel at the Halifax International Security Forum Nicholson said the strategy outlined Friday by U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel focuses domestically on the north within a context of international cooperation.
“Certainly the Americans have a large stake in this and this (strategy) is appropriate. We view this as a low tension area and so we reach out and want to have cooperation between other countries.”
Nicholson downplayed the potential for future conflict saying international bodies such as the Arctic Council, which Canada chairs, are working to address emerging issues such as shipping rights and environmental protection.