The Canadian Armed Forces will end its mission in Mali as scheduled in July 2019, after completing its twelve month deployment.
The Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan confirmed confirmed the development. The Defence Mininster also put to rest rumours that the United Nations wants Canada to extend its deployment, stating that
the United Nations “is working with other nations to look at replacing us”.
… the United Nations “is working with other nations to look at replacing us”.
Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan
Ottawa had earlier pledge to provide military support to the African nation back in 2016 but the move was delayed pending a review on participating in U.N. peace-keeping missions in November 2018.
Canada committed to a year-long deployment in support of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) with an air task force of 250 personnel and eight helicopters that operated out of Gao in northern Mali.