Secretary Carter spoke today via telephone with Canadian Minister of Defense Jason Kenney. Secretary Carter extended his deepest condolences to Minister Kenney and to the family of Sergeant Andrew Joseph Doiron, a Canadian Special Forces soldier killed Friday in Iraq. Sgt. Doiron was the first Canadian service member killed while engaging in the fight against ISIL. Secretary Carter also wished a speedy recovery to those who were injured.
This was Secretary Carter's first conversation with Minister Kenney, who became minister of defense on February 9, 2015. Secretary Carter thanked him for his leadership and for Canada’s contributions to global security efforts, to include their support to ongoing operations in Iraq against ISIL and for Canada's contributions to Ukraine.
As NATO allies, NORAD partners, and North American neighbors, Secretary Carter and Minister Kenney highlighted the deep and enduring defense partnership between the United States and Canada. The two leaders noted that they look forward to meeting in person and agreed to continue the strong institutional and personal relationship that their predecessors enjoyed.