MANILA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country will remain a strong member of the campaign against the self-styled Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq and Syria.
Trudeau and United States (US) President Barack Obama are speaking to reporters after their first formal meeting since Trudeau took office earlier this month.
Trudeau ran on a promise to pull Canada’s fighter jets out of the US-led air campaign against the IS.
But Trudeau says Canada will keep doing “more than its part” to defend against IS.
He has recently pledged to send more military trainers to Iraq as part of that effort.
Obama says Trudeau is a “great boost of energy” for Canada’s political landscape. He says he invited Trudeau for a White House visit that will hopefully come early next year.
Justin Trudeau, the son of late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, became Canada’s newly elected Prime Minister after his Liberal Party won a majority of Parliament’s 338 seats.
The premier told US President Barack Obama that Canadian fighter jets would withdraw from fighting the IS group in Iraq and Syria, but gave no timeline for the withdrawal.