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      Yaalon at Defense Ministers' Conference in Canada

      Moshe Ya'alon travels to Canada for conference of defense ministers, will meet various officials including US Defense Minister Hagel.
      By Dalit Halevi, Ari Yashar
      First Publish: 11/20/2013, 9:17 AM

      Moshe Ya'alon
      Moshe Ya'alon
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      Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon traveled to Canada on Wednesday to take part in a conference of defense ministers in Halifax, Nova Scotia, according to Shalom Toronto.

      During his visit Ya'alon is expected to meet with the Canadian defense minister and foreign minister, as well as members of parliament and senators.

      He will also talk with the defense ministers of Chile and Holland, the deputy secretary general of NATO. On Friday he will meet with US Defense Minister Chuck Hagel, the report said.

      On his Facebook page Ya'alon wrote that during his visit he intends to meet senior figures of the Jewish communities in Toronto and Ottawa as well.

      Canada has been a strong ally of Israel.

      Regarding the Iranian nuclear talks, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said in a speech to the UN General Assembly in late September "there can be no bargaining over Israel’s existence," adding "like other nations, Israel has the right to defend itself, by itself."

      Ya'alon previously went to Canada in March where he met Chief of Staff of the Canadian Forces General Thomas J. Lawson. The two praised their countries' strong relations and pledged continued cooperation.