Skip to main content
Open this photo in gallery:

Canada's Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, left, shakes hands with South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin prior to a meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, April 15, 2023.Kim Min-Hee/The Associated Press

Canada and South Korea have launched talks aimed at sharing defence and security information as the two countries work to counter increasing threats from Russia and China.

The agreement to develop an intelligence-sharing pact, called the General Security of Information Agreement, capped Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly’s second official visit to the East Asian country.

Joly says building on shared priorities with South Korea is part of Canada’s developing Indo-Pacific strategy.

She says South Korea is a strong and trusted partner with whom Canada continues to deepen and strengthen its co-operation.

In October, Joly announced plans for a similar information-sharing accord with Japan.

At the time, she said the exchange of intelligence would help Canada “better counter threats at home while working with partners to create greater stability in the region.”

Follow related authors and topics

Authors and topics you follow will be added to your personal news feed in Following.

Interact with The Globe