Global defence experts, politicians gather for Halifax International Security Forum

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HALIFAX – Political and military leaders are gathering in Halifax today for the start of an international foreign affairs and defence conference.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will open the annual three-day forum that bills itself as a gathering of democratic leaders committed to global security and prosperity.

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Tim Kaine, the Democratic contender for U.S. vice-president, is scheduled to attend along with other high-profile political and military leaders including U.K. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, U.S. Deputy Defence Secretary Robert Work and France’s defence minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Fallon will speak about Britain’s place in the world after Brexit, and Le Drian will speak about combating terror.

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More than 300 delegates from 60 countries are expected to attend, with participants including policy-makers, security analysts, diplomats, business leaders and journalists.

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Aside from Kaine, other U.S. politicians expected to head to Halifax include Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

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