(Quebec) After a major international meeting to be held at the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, Thursday, the Canadian government announced it would invest an additional $ 8.3 million to fight against the armed group Islamic State (EI) .
“We will not stand idly by while the EI and its affiliates continue their carnage to sow chaos throughout the region,” said Rob Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, in a statement late afternoon.
No press conference was organized with reporters and it was not possible to know the content of the discussions that took place during this one-day meeting, which was held in camera.
The Foreign Ministry, which has not released the list of participating countries or guests, discussed issues of security and privacy to explain the secrecy surrounding the meeting, which brought together more technical experts and bureaucrats politicians.
Only the Foreign Minister of Iraq Ibrahim al-Jaafari and his Canadian counterpart Rob Nicholson as well as the retired General John Allen, nominated by President Barack Obama to form the coalition, have lent themselves to a photo shoot before the start of discussions on Thursday morning.
The statement issued by the Foreign Affairs states that the summit served to “evaluate coalition efforts to date” and to consider “key next steps to be taken to fight against EI.” The last meeting of the coalition was held in Paris in June.
The million announced by Ottawa Thursday used among others to send humanitarian aid to Syria, equip Iraq to counter mines as well as biological and chemical weapons, to provide equipment to the Jordanian Armed Forces, and that ‘to prevent the spread of EI in Lebanon. They are in addition to $ 8 million already announced to counter sexual violence perpetrated against women by members of IE.
Simultaneously, the Federal Ministry of Defence announced the creation of two research projects: one to prevent the radicalization of young Canadians and prevent them from joining the Islamic State, the other to better understand the mechanisms (of Internet or elsewhere) that ensure that young Western adults are radicalized.
This is the first time that Quebec City hosts a meeting of the international coalition against EI. Security has elevated a notch around the Chateau Frontenac in Old Quebec, Thursday. During the passage of the sun, increased police surveillance, but discreet, was in place, with patrol cars of the Quebec City police stationed in the neighboring streets, plainclothes officers and several security guards inside.
Le Château Frontenac had also increased its number of employees on the floor and provided more security. “Political events or famous people, it’s still common among us,” said Marie-Claude Brousseau, spokesman of the famous hotel establishment.