Canada announced it would provide more financial support to Afghanistan while some allies have promised to keep their troops in the country facing an outbreak of violence now.
Ottawa has committed to providing $ 465 million to be distributed over three years from 2018 – when the funding promised by the former Conservative government expires.
The Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement at a special meeting of NATO leaders that was held Saturday in Warsaw, Poland. Mr. Trudeau had met Friday with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
This new Canadian support continued engagement envelope in Afghanistan that now spans two decades. Canada was involved in the country in the wake of the 11 September 2001 and sent troops to fight in Kandahar province in 2006. The Canadian government has also paid millions of dollars in aid.
At the time of ending the combat mission in 2011, 158 Canadian soldiers, a diplomat and a journalist were killed.
Canada had, however, continued to train Afghan security forces in the capital, Kabul, for the following three years until December 2014, when the military withdrew for good.
Since then, the situation has deteriorated in Afghanistan. The Taliban have perpetrated several attacks including in the capital while foreign troops are less present in the country.
In November, a confidential briefing note given to Mr. Trudeau warned that Afghanistan could again become a safe haven for terrorists – this is why Canada had intervened first. The armed group Islamic State would also have made some breakthroughs, which would aggravate the situation even more.
Recognizing the “precarious” situation, the US President Barack Obama announced last week that the US would leave 8,400 troops home until at least 2017 – 3000 military is more than expected.
The United Kingdom, which was to withdraw its 450 troops by the end of the year, rather increase its presence. Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday that 500 soldiers would remain in the country to train Afghan troops.
Australia also waived repatriate its 270 soldiers by the end of next year.
The Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, announced earlier that other allies also continue their financial support until 2020. It would amount to nearly US $ 5 billion per year, including 3.5 billion will come from United States.