May 14, 2012. David Pugliese - Defence Watch
.... Harper Open To the Idea, According to Report
This just in from Global TV:
The head of NATO says he wants Canadian soldiers to extend their stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014.
While Ottawa has said 900 of our remaining troops will be coming home in a couple of years, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said training Afghanistan’s army is going to take time, and he wants the Canadian Forces to stay longer.
“I appreciate very much that Canada provides trainers for our training mission in Afghanistan and I hope Canada will be in a position to continue that contribution also after 2014,” Rasmussen said Monday in an exclusive interview with Global National‘s Sean Mallen at NATO’s headquarters in Brussels.
“From that time on, the Afghans will have full responsibility, but they still need our assistance and this is the reason why we will continue a training mission,” the NATO Secretary General added.
“And I hope Canada will continue to support our training mission.”
It appears Prime Minister Stephen Harper is open to keeping Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan a little longer. “We will assess what is necessary to make sure that Afghanistan continues to progress toward being a state that is not a threat to global security, and that is able to take care of its own security,” he said in Ottawa on Monday.
“Those are our objectives and beyond that, we haven’t made any final decisions.”