Minister Visits Belize, Chile and Mexico
British Armed Forces Minister, Mark Lancaster, has signed a Letter of Intent with Chile to ensure closer cooperation in cyber defence, during a visit that included Belize and Mexico. During the visit he also attended a British-led cyber defence workshop.
“Information technology provides a new and unconventional battlefield, with cyber-attacks increasing as modern warfare evolves and adapts. The UK will play a leading role in countering these threats, but I am delighted to see like-minded partners across the globe sharing this belief and taking steps to keep our people safe,” the Minister stated.
In Mexico, Mr Lancaster was a special guest at the country’s independence celebrations, before meeting Mexico’s Defence Minister and Secretary of the Navy, Adm. Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, reinforcing the strong defence relationship and discussing the role of Latin American nations working alongside NATO and the UN.
He also met Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and US Northern Command, Gen. Terrence J O’Shaughnessy, reaffirming the special relationship and exploring how the UK and US can collaborate further in these fields.
In Belize, Mr Lancaster spent the day visiting the 2nd Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, to understand the benefits to the Army from training in a jungle environment as well as touring the British Army Training and Support Unit Belize. He also signed a treaty and memorandum of understanding concerning the status of UK forces in Belize, deepening the longstanding defence co-operation between the two nations.
Mr Lancaster met the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington; Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, and Commander of the Belize Defence Force, Brig.-Gen. Steven Ortega.