Dion confirms Canada’s role against IS despite pulling planes
Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion says the task of ensuring Jordan and Lebanon remain stable will be part of Canada’s new role in the fight against the Islamic State.
He made the comment in Quebec City yesterday, after a meeting with his North American counterparts, U-S Secretary of State John Kerry and Mexico’s Claudia Ruiz Massieu.
Dion pledged that details of Canada’s new deployment within the American-led coalition will soon be announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
During the election campaign, the Liberals vowed to end Canada’s role in the bombing mission over Iraq and Syria, a decision that has been panned by the Conservatives and other critics.
Kerry said he is “absolutely confident” Trudeau will ensure that Canada continues to make a “significant contribution that will make a difference.”
In Ottawa, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said he didn’t want a repeat of coalition mistakes in the Afghan war and said that is why cabinet is taking its time to consider the new shape of the Iraq mission.
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