(Manila, Philippines) Premier Justin Trudeau was forced to justify its decision to end Canada’s participation in air strikes against targets of the armed group Islamic State (EI) in Iraq and Syria before the US Thursday media then that allies are mobilizing to intensify the fight against terrorism.
After an initial interview with the president of the United States Barack Obama on the sidelines of the Economic Cooperation Forum for Asia-Pacific (APEC), Mr. Trudeau argued that the repatriation of six CF-18 fighter jets was a promise of his party in the last federal election. In the same breath, he said that Canada intends to remain a major player in the fight against terrorism by placing greater emphasis on the training of Kurdish troops in northern Iraq and increasing humanitarian aid for refugees.
Mr. Trudeau, who accepted the invitation of President Obama to visit Washington early in the new year for an official visit, argued that the Canadian contribution to the international coalition led by the United States will be equally robust , he insisted in response to a question from a journalist on the daily Los Angeles Times.
“Canada is determined to remain an important member of the coalition against the EI,” Mr. Trudeau said, adding that the recall of the CF-18 had been discussed during the meeting with Obama, but he did not say s he had asked her to reconsider. “I made a clear commitment to Canadians to withdraw the six fighter planes and that is what we will do in cooperation and coordination with all our allies to ensure that the coalition remains a force against the IE” .
During their head-to-head, the two leaders discussed the fight against terrorism and the importance of close cooperation between the security agencies of both countries to counter any threat to the US territory given the long border shared by Canada and the United States, while protecting rights and freedoms.
They also discussed economic and trade exchanges between the two countries and the potential impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In this regard, President Obama hinted that the United States and Canada “soon ratify” this important agreement, even though Justin Trudeau’s Liberals said they would review it and hold national consultations before deciding whether will be adopted or rejected by the Canadian government.
As for the Paris conference on climate change, Obama said he was encouraged by the redetermination of Canada, since the victory of Justin Trudeau, participate fully in the fight against global warming. The US president said his administration and the Trudeau government will coordinate their efforts in preparation for this crucial encounter.
“Obviously, our two countries are major energy producers and we are happy to produce conventional oil. We also recognize the importance of the transition to the cleaner oil to protect the future of our children and grandchildren. I believe that Prime Minister Trudeau is that the Paris conference to be successful and our teams are already acting in a coordinated manner on this issue. I am pleased to have a strong partner in Canada, “said President Obama. Recall that the President rejected in early November the proposed TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline that would have to transport heavy oil from the oil sands to refineries in Texas. Mr. Trudeau had voted in favor of this project.
In front of journalists, both men welcomed the US-Canada relations, but President Obama went further by saying “we saw the incredible enthusiasm aroused by Justin with his campaign in Canada. I am confident that he will be able to give a dose of energy and reform the political spectrum in Canada. We look forward to working with him. ”
The Prime Minister met with his US counterpart in Manila at the last day of the APEC summit. It was for the two leaders of their second international summit in less than a week in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris. The G20 summit held in Antalya, Turkey, earlier this week, was also dominated by the issue of the fight against terrorism and the appropriate response of the international community to combat this scourge.
In the final communiqué of the APEC summit, the leaders of 21 member countries of the organization have stressed the urgency of greater international collaboration in the fight against terrorism. They roundly condemned “all acts, methods and practices related to terrorism”.
APEC, which includes Canada, the US, China, Australia, Russia, Chile, among others, normally focuses on economic issues and trade. But the tragic events in Paris have upset the agenda of this summit. “We will not let terrorism threaten fundamental values underlying our free and open economies,” it said in the final declaration.