At the beginning of the month, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan wrapped up his first visit to the Middle East with a successful tour to Kuwait where he met with CAF personnel and Kuwaiti senior officials. The CAF currently has 600 personnel deployed to the region as part of Joint Task Force-Iraq (JTF-I), Canada’s contribution to the multinational coalition against ISIS.
“Over the past few days, I have had the pleasure of meeting with allies and partners in both Jordan and Kuwait to discuss cooperation on a number of pressing global security and humanitarian issues. I was pleased with the positive exchange of ideas and expressed Canada’s on-going commitment to working with coalition partners to counter the ISIS threat, as well as Canada’s efforts to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees from the region as quickly as possible,” said Sajjan.
During his visit to Kuwait, Sajjan was able to meet with his counterpart, Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah and other senior officials, to discuss Canada’s ongoing commitment to counter global terrorism. He expressed his gratitude to Kuwait for hosting CAF personnel.
He also took the opportunity to express his gratitude to the CAF personnel deployed to Kuwait.
“It is an honour and privilege to represent Canada on the world stage and to have an opportunity to meet with coalition counterparts and members of the Canadian Armed Forces. I want to express my deep appreciation and heartfelt gratitude to Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen and airwomen for their hard work, professionalism and dedication,” said Sajjan.
Canada joined the coalition against ISIS in 2014. Canada’s military contribution to the mission includes 69 personnel working in advisory and assistance roles, providing strategic advice to Iraq security forces; command and control and logistics; and an air task force. The CAF is working alongside other coalition partners, like the U.S., in planning to help bring security and stability to the region.