Just one day after being elected to power, incoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would be withdrawing its troops from the U.S.-led mission against the Islamic State.
During a press conference on Tuesday, the Liberal Party leader said that he spoke to U.S. President Obama and confirmed that his country’s military would no longer partake in the bombing of Iraq and Syria, though he indicated that Canada would still “have a role” in the campaign.
“He understands the commitments I’ve made around ending the combat mission,” said Trudeau.
“We talked about Canada’s continued engagement as strong member of the coalition” against ISIS, he added, noting that Canada “will continue to engage in a responsible way” in the fight.
Analysts say that the swift action marks what they expect will be a return to the country’s historic diplomacy on the world stage. Under Trudeau’s predecessor Stephen Harper, Canada took a sharp turn towards militarism.
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