Canada will lead new North Atlantic Treaty Organisation training mission in Iraq, Trudeau says

Canada To Lead NATO Training Mission In Iraq

Canada To Lead NATO Training Mission In Iraq

But while he acknowledged the tensions between Canada and the USA playing out in a trade dispute triggered by American tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, Trudeau said the US remains a close friend and trading partner regardless of who is prime minister or president.

Trudeau is making a point to spend time with the 450 Canadian military personnel that are embedded in Latvia as part of a key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation battle group, established as the alliance's response to Russia's surprise annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its invasion of eastern Ukraine.

But given that Trump has followed through on other threats - including tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and the European Union, as well as a full-blown trade war with China - Perry said allies ought to be concerned about the possibility that Trump isn't bluffing.

"We have to start thinking about how we create societies that look at different stories as opportunities to learn and grow within your societies, rather than trying to keep the challenges of the world outside of your borders". "Are we contributing the kinds of resources and demonstrating the kind of commitment to the alliance that always needs to be there?'" The government is also adding about 80 more soldiers, bringing the total to around 530.

The mission's activities have since been curtailed, and in some cases suspended, as a result of ISIL's defeat and ongoing fighting between some of the different Iraqi factions that Canada and its allies had been supporting.

"This is a moment for us to stand together and understand that the perspective that we fight for and stand for is essential today and tomorrow".

Asked about Canada's failure to achieve the 2% GDP defence investment spending as set out in NATO's aims at the 2014 Wales summit, Trudeau said that the aim was fairly "primitive" and that current modernisation and extension efforts of the Canadian military are sufficient.

"Our first - and really our only consideration - was what served the Canadian national interest, what served Canadians, what was appropriate to do for Canada given our role in the world and the very great interest we, as Canadians, have in a functioning, rules-based global order", Freeland said.

"My message is that we are actually now stepping up", Stoltenberg said.

"That's the reason why they agreed to invest more in defence back in 2014", Stoltenberg said.

"The United States and Canada had increased its presence in Europe, including in Poland".

"This need not presage a darker time, like Rome's withdrawal from Britain, but more will be required of the world's other free countries".

- with reporting from Lee Berthiaume in Ottawa. And he said Canada has promised to reverse a decline in military resources with an eye towards the two per cent target.

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