Mr. Harjit Sajjan will hold discussions with senior host government officials, the AUC, UN representatives, as well as members of NGOs

By  David Pugliese (Ottawa Citizen) |

Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan will visit the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda from August 9-16, the country’s Department of National Defense (DND) says.

Harjit Sajjan will be accompanied by Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire (ret’d) and Justice Louise Arbour. Mr. Sajjan will hold discussions with senior host government officials, the African Union Commission (AUC), United Nations (UN) representatives, as well as members of non-governmental organizations.

“This visit will help inform Canada’s re-engagement in peace operations and support its ongoing work related to Canada’s Defense Policy Review,” the DND stated. In other words, Sajjan is conducting a fact-finding mission to determine where Canadian troops can be deployed in Africa in the near future.

Source: Ottawa Citizen
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  1. Quincy Angleton

    Though Fraser favors defense ministers without military backgrounds, he said he believes that Sajjan possesses sincerity, intelligence and commitment that will serve him well. Sajjan said he hopes his years in uniform will help motivate the troops, and maybe Canadians in general. His photograph from Afghanistan continues to be shared on social media.

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