Canada will lead new training mission for Iraq: NATO Secretary

14 July, 2018, 02:01 | Author: Carlos George
  • Canada's NATO troops will stay in Latvia for another four years:...

Trudeau made the announcement in Riga following a meeting with Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis and indicated that he hopes the increased Canadian commitment to Latvia gets the attention of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Questioned repeatedly about Trump's attacks on European allies and Canada, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg acknowledged the trans-Atlantic differences but refused to say whether the United States leader's attacks are damaging the alliance.

Trudeau said it will increase its military presence of Canadians in Latvia up to 540 people and leave them there for another 4 years after the first period will end in 2019.

Despite disagreements between the U.S. and its allies regarding defence spending, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders approved here on Wednesday new initiatives to strengthen the alliance, including the creation of new commands and the deployment of a training mission for Iraqi forces.

Iraq faces significant challenges in rebuilding the capacity of its security forces.

Canada assumes command of the mission, which will be led by an as yet unnamed Canadian major-general, for one year.

Trump has threatened to pull out of the alliance entirely if other member nations don't pony up.

The addition of those costs, which many other countries have long included in their own calculations, added approximately $4.4 billion to Canada's reported defence spending in 2017.

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The department's explanation makes sense, said defence analyst David Perry of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, calling it laudable that the government is investing more in pay and pensions for service members.

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"He does seem to have a habit of doing what he says he's going to do".

Trump took Twitter swipes at Canada following the G7 summit - mostly over Canadian dairy policy - but reserved his most persistent and personal attacks for Trudeau himself, calling him "dishonest" and "weak" for telling the closing G7 news conference that Canada would not be "pushed around" on trade.

Concerns about US disengagement have also deepened given that Trump is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin just days after the summit.

Few NATO nations have met the 2 percent pledge since the fall of the Soviet Union nearly 30 years ago, and while the alliance has now committed to meeting the target, it will take time for them to deliver.

U.S. President Donald Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg have latched onto the target as an important indicator of how much individual members are contributing to the alliance.

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