The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, along with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Stéphane Dion (right), the Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan (furthest left), and the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau (left), make an important announcement in Ottawa.

Canada’s response to Middle East crises and violent extremism

Canada remains deeply committed to responding to the needs of conflict-affected people in Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon and remains engaged in the fight against Daesh. Our plan is comprehensive, integrated, and sustained involving the pursuit of military, diplomatic, stabilization, and, separately, humanitarian and development lines of effort to invest in all aspects of a durable solution.

Prime Minister sets new course to address crises in Iraq and Syria and impacts on the region

“Our new policy in Iraq, Syria and the surrounding region reflects what Canada is all about: defending our interests alongside our allies, and working constructively with local partners to build real solutions that will last. We will work with allies to defeat ISIL and the terrorist threat it represents. At the same time, we will help address the needs of millions of vulnerable people while helping lay the foundations for improved governance, economic growth and longer-term stability.”

The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Canada is focused on meeting the basic needs of those most impacted by the conflicts in Iraq and Syria

Helping those most affected

Canada is a top tier humanitarian donor to Iraq and Syria and has contributed generously to international efforts to aid the people in the region.

Canada will increase its diplomatic role in helping to find a political solution tot he crisis in Syria.

Promoting security and stability

Canada is delivering stabilization and development assistance in Iraq and the region, both to address short-term needs during the crisis and to support resiliency, stability and prosperity over the long term.

Canada has joined an international coalition to degrade and disrupt ISIL

Operation IMPACT

Operation IMPACT is the Canadian Armed Forces' (CAF) support to the Middle East Stabilization Force (MESF) – the multinational coalition against Daesh in the Republic of Iraq.

Global Coalition

The Global Coalition against Daesh

The Global Coalition against Daesh is unique in its membership, scope and commitment. The Coalition’s 66 members, which includes Canada, are committed to tackling Daesh on all fronts, to dismantling its networks and countering its global ambitions.

A meeting of the International Syria Support Group

International Syria Support Group

The ISSG was created in October 2015 to facilitate discussions and negotiations at the foreign minister level, to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Syria. The invitation to join the ISSG is a clear sign that Canada is making a difference in the region.

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Daesh atrocities in Iraq and Syria

Canada calls on United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to establish a mechanism to investigate reports of violations of international law by Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

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