NATO Secretary General welcomes Canadian decision on Afghan mission

  • Press Release (2010) 159
  • Issued on 16 Nov. 2010
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  • Last updated: 16 Nov. 2010 18:33

I warmly welcome Prime Minister Harper's announcement that Canada will deploy a substantial number of trainers to the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan. Canada has contributed substantially, over many years, to the operation in Afghanistan. Canadian forces have made a real difference in the lives of the Afghan people, often at a high cost.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan--Warrant Officer Wade Osmond, chief instructor for the Basic Engineer Course and member of the Candaidan Operational Mentoring Liason Team (OMLT) accepts his Canadian Forces Decoration for 22 years of service in the Canadian Army at a graduation ceremony for the Basic Engineers course at Camp Hero on February 5, 2009. Fifteen graduates completed the four-week course that taught fundamentals in mine detection and demolition, field defense, and basic carpentry. ISAF photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Aramis X. Ramirez (RELEASED)

In just a few days, at the Lisbon Summit, we will launch the transition process, and early next year Afghan forces will steadily begin taking the lead for security throughout the country.  This Canadian contribution of hundreds of trainers will help the Afghan security forces to more quickly become capable of securing their own country against terrorism and extremism - a goal we all share.