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Trudeau talks Mali peacekeeping mission with Macron

Trudeau talks Mali peacekeeping mission with Macron
From CBC - April 16, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending Canada's decision to take part in the ongoing UN peacekeeping effort in Mali.

Trudeau made the remarks alongside Emmanuel Macron following a meeting in Paris with the French president, who has made the African country a priority for his government.

Trudeau says Canada's new approach to peacekeepingfocusing on promoting roles for women, dealing with child soldiers, focusing on training and more targeted deployment of resourcessuits the modern era, which is marked less by well-defined, international conflicts and more by unpredictable perils posed by terrorism and outside actors.

President Macron thanked Canada for its contribution to the peacekeeping effort and encouraged the international community to become more in the mission.

The two countries have also reached bilateral agreements on battling climate change and defending cultural diversity, signed by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Heritage Minister Melanie Joly and their French counterparts.

Trudeau will also hold a question and answer session with students at 11:30 a.m. ET and CBC News.ca will carry it live.

Earlier today, former Governor General Michaelle Jean, now the head of the International Organization of LaFrancophonie, thanked Trudeau for joining the Mali mission, which is reeling after Sunday's deadly attack by Islamic militants.

The attack was launched against two bases near Timbuktu, where militants reportedly disguised as peacekeepers set off several suicide bombs and launched rockets at international forces. One peacekeeper was killed and more than a dozen others were injured, including several French soldiers.

Canada is planning to send six military helicopters to Mali later this year to help with medical evacuations and the transporting of supplies and ammunition, although they will be based in a different location than where Sunday's attack occurred.

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