Aug 24, 2021
By Jeremy Logan
Justin Trudeau says Canada is prepared to keep its military personnel in Afghanistan after an August 31st American deadline.
Trudeau made the announcement after meeting Tuesday in a virtual summit with fellow G7 leaders who were convening to discuss the crisis and the re-emergence of the Taliban as the country’s rulers.
Going into the meeting, Trudeau played his cards close to his chest on whether he wanted the G7 to push for an extension of the American military commitment to Afghanistan.
But afterwards, as he was about to board a federal election campaign bus in Hamilton, he said Canada was prepared to stay longer, if possible, past the August 31st deadline.
President Joe Biden had been expected to face calls from some fellow leaders in the special virtual G7 meeting to extend the U.S. military commitment to the country beyond his August 31st deadline.
All Trudeau would say before the meeting was that he was looking forward to a discussion on how to protect as many people as possible.