Visiting Canadian PM rules out troops to Iraq

14th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 14 (AFP) - Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin reaffirmed that his country would not send troops to Iraq after meeting French President Jacques Chirac in Paris.

PARIS, Oct 14 (AFP) - Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin reaffirmed that his country would not send troops to Iraq after meeting French President Jacques Chirac in Paris.  

Asked about his position after the meeting, Martin said Canada had limited resources and "has the intention to play a role where it can make a difference," notably in Afghanistan, Haiti and in Africa.  

"We put 300 million dollars on the table" for Iraq's reconstruction and "have been training (Iraqi) police in Jordan for a long time," he said.  

Canada is not a member of the military "coalition" Washington assembled to invade Iraq and oust Saddam Hussein.  

It was Martin's first visit to Paris since taking over the prime minister's office from Jean Chretien, who retired in December. He previously met Chirac during 60th anniversary commemorations of the D-Day landings in Normandy in June, and during a G8 summit in the United States.  

Chirac's spokesman said the president described Franco-Canadian relations as "exemplary" and "excellent" and stressed that the two countries agreed on most international matters.

 

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