The latest “less military, more civilian” tea leaves to be read.
According to the latest account,
“Canada will spend $21 million in the next two years to pay the salaries of Afghan police officers and prison guards. The announcement was made Tuesday by Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon and International Trade Minister Stockwell Day, the chair of the cabinet committee on Afghanistan, at the end of a two-day visit to Kandahar and Kabul…. “
From the Government of Canada news release:
“The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Afghanistan, today concluded a three-day visit to Afghanistan during which they announced additional support from Canada to help strengthen the rule of law in that country. Strengthening the rule of law is one of Canada’s six priorities in Afghanistan….”
Military/defence references in the news release?
“…. The Canadian ministers also had in-depth discussions on Canada’s mission in Afghanistan with Canadian military and civilian officials there …. They travelled to the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team, where they toured the Police Training Centre and hosted an event for Canadian civilian and military personnel….”
More, as it pops up.