Canada Commits More Troops To Peacekeeping

Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government committed 600 troops and Can$450 million (US$350 million) over three years to United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the 600 troops and nearly half a billion dollar contribution was only the "first part" of Canada's re-engagement with the United Nations. "It's recognition of the fact that Canada has a duty to be engaged and to be a positive player in the world in the coming years," Trudeau said.

Ottawa's "commitment to increase Canadian participation in UN peace operations and supporting its mediation efforts, preventing conflicts, and engaging in post-conflict reconstruction" will give Canada "a stronger voice on the world stage," Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion told a news conference.

Source: Qatar News Agency