Canada To Lead NATO Training Mission In Iraq

Canada To Lead NATO Training Mission In Iraq

Meanwhile, Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis said that this decision by the Canadian side "is the flawless gift to Latvia on its centenary".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis at Riga Castle in Riga, Latvia, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Germany leads a similar force in Lithuania, Britain leads one in Estonia and the US leads in Poland.

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.

He says Canada - where current defence spending plans are only expected to reach 1.4 per cent of GDP - has promised to reverse a decline in military resources with an eye towards the two per cent target.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders are expected to announce later on Wednesday that the alliance is stepping up its troop training and military academy building effort in Iraq, with hundreds of trainers operating out of the capital, Baghdad.

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The NATO Secretary General announced that in future the Alliance will be able to quickly transfer troops from the U.S. and Canada to Europe if necessary. "Two world wars and a Cold War taught us that we are stronger together than apart", he said, adding that the U.S. troop presence in Europe allows Washington to project military power into Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

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.

He also laid flowers at the monument of freedom and took part in a number of activities at a military base in Adazi.

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.

Under Operation IMPACT, the Canadian Armed Forces is already providing training and assistance to the Iraqi security forces and helping regional forces build their capacity. "Will they reimburse the US?" "We will also help set up military schools, to increase the professionalism of Iraqi forces", Mr. Stoltenberg said during a speech ahead of this week's alliance ministerial.

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