"Our first - and really our only consideration - was what served the Canadian national interest, what served Canadians, what was appropriate to do for Canada given our role in the world and the very great interest we, as Canadians, have in a functioning, rules-based worldwide order", Freeland said.
Canada's offer is part of NATO's attempt to help Iraq rebuild and ensure the Islamic State group can't gain a new foothold there. Trudeau informed that Canada would contribute CF-18 fighter aircraft to help guard Baltic airspace and would also provide assistance to Latvia in cyber-defense.
Asked about Canada's failure to achieve the 2% GDP defence investment spending as set out in NATO's aims at the 2014 Wales summit, Trudeau said that the aim was fairly "primitive" and that current modernisation and extension efforts of the Canadian military are sufficient.
Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain, which is meeting that target, announced it would send 440 military personnel for a similar training mission in Afghanistan by far the alliance's biggest foreign venture. He called the extended mission of Canadian troops in Latvia "a great present" that will contribute significantly to national security.
Canada will take command of a new training mission in Iraq created to counter the threat of a Daesh re-emergence, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday at the NATO Summit in Brussels.
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The 2018 NATO Summit took place in Belgium on Wednesday.
Stoltenberg acknowledged that there are still many disagreements within North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, soon after President Donald Trump reiterated his complaint that most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member-states are still far from the goal of devoting 2 percent of their GDP to military spending.
"The US is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them", Trump tweeted on Wednesday.
"We certainly hope that Russian Federation will choose to become a more positive actor in world affairs than it has chosen to be in the past". Members don't pay dues, although they do contribute to common military and civilian programs - and Washington pays nearly one-quarter of those costs. However, the increased commitment by the alliance in Iraq could be a major step in that direction. Canada will now continue to lead the battle group until 2023.
Canada is expected to spend an estimated 1.23 per cent of its GDP on defence in 2018 - down from 1.36 per cent a year ago, says the annual report, which looks at military investments for all member states.