Canada will lead new training mission for Iraq: NATO Secretary

Lester Mason
July 13, 2018

"I have a hard time accepting that any leader might do the kind of damage to his own auto industry that would happen if you were to bring in such a tariff on Canadian auto manufacturers given the integration of the parts supply chains, of the auto supply chains through the Canada-U.S. border", Trudeau said. "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.

The summit wraps up Thursday after one more day of meetings.

Trudeau said Wednesday that it is important to help build the conflict-ravaged country's resilience against the Islamic State group.

The 2018 NATO Summit took place in Belgium on Wednesday.

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 U.S. leader's attacks are damaging the alliance.

On his way to the summit, Trump fired off another Twitter volley: "Many countries in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of two per cent (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made". With all, Trump believes the U.S.is getting "ripped off" in an unfair marketplace. However, the increased commitment by the alliance in Iraq could be a major step in that direction.

"We are two countries that are more closely integrated on trade and security on people-to-people ties than any two countries in the world".


And in case it turns out the Prime Minister doesn't need a shirt after all, 100% of the proceeds of the fundraising campaign will be donated to Right to Play Canada to support children around the world.

In another show of resolve to Russian Federation, the leaders rubber-stamped a plan to ready a crisis response contingent that can be rapidly deployed — 30 battalions, 30 air squadrons and 30 battleships within 30 days.

"European allies are stepping up. And I'm absolutely certain that this summit will show that we are able to deliver on security, on defence despite the disagreements we see on trade and other issues".

France, meanwhile, is expected to pledge this week that it will meet the two per cent spending target within the next seven years, while Germany says it will reach 1.5 per cent of GDP by 2024.

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

- with reporting from Lee Berthiaume in Ottawa.

According to the CBC, Canada will spend 1.23 percent of its GDP on defense in 2018, down from 1.36 percent previous year.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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