The canadian armed forces will lead the new NATO mission for training and capacity building in Iraq in the first year of its existence, said in Brussels on Wednesday, July 11, the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau in the annual summit of the military-political Alliance.
He said that on a mission that will begin in the fall of 2018 in Baghdad and its surroundings, will be sent to 250 members of the Armed forces of Canada and four Griffon helicopters to support NATO activities.
“It’s what we deeply believe − said Trudeau about the new mission in Iraq. − For us it is a time when we present a United front and understand that the perspective for which we struggle are important today and will be important tomorrow.”
News about the Iraq mission and done on Tuesday, July 10, the statement that Canada is going to extend the NATO mission in Latvia for another four years, until 2023, will be the answer Trudeau at the election of the President of the United States Donald trump that Alliance members should spend more resources to achieve targets.
“Support for new emerging democracy in Iraq, which is so jam-Packed and fragile, is a great thing for Canada… it’s a constant point that what Canada is good,” − said the Minister of foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland. − We are a country that actually believes that victory in war is only the first step, and we need to work very hard to achieve peace”.
As for the requirements of trump, Freeland said Canada is one of the founders of NATO and has contributed to each mission of the Alliance.