Canada offers to lead new North Atlantic Treaty Organisation training mission in Iraq

Canada offers to lead new North Atlantic Treaty Organisation training mission in Iraq

Once deployed, the Canadian troops will be stationed in Baghdad and the neighboring cities of Besmaya and Taji where they will deliver training on "explosive threat search" and "manual minefield breaching", the statement said.

The NATO Secretary General announced that in future the Alliance will be able to quickly transfer troops from the USA and Canada to Europe if necessary. "We remain unwavering in our support for security in the Baltic region", Trudeau said.

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. "We are proud to take a leadership role in Iraq, and work with our allies and the government of Iraq, to help this region of the Middle East transition to long-lasting peace and stability", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was quoted as saying.

"We're doing good things in Latvia, we're one of four countries that are leading the battle groups. but the two that the secretary general tracks in his report, we have five out of about 18,000 troops".

The new defence policy represents an increase of more than 70% of Canada's defence budget between 2016 and 2026, and will give Canada's armed forces the capability to be even more active beyond its borders, and expand its active leadership in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

During his visit, Trudeau will meet with Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis and President Raimonds Vejonis.

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

"The US is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them", Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

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.

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

But any increases in military spending will not come as a result of pressure to do so from "people talking about a two per cent goal", he said when asked about Trump, but rather because of a desire to live up to the country's commitments to its military allies around the world.

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