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Romania to replace Canada in Mali peacekeeping mission

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January 31, 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Following a productive meeting on the margins of the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in December 2018, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister

of Foreign Affairs, and Teodor-Viorel Meleșcanu, Romania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Romania will supply transport helicopters to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA), after the end of the Canadian deployment in Gao in 2019.

United Nations peace operations provide critical support to countries in crisis, advance political solutions for reconciliation and social cohesion and set conditions for durable and inclusive peace. Through their support to MINUSMA and other contributions in Mali and the Sahel, Canada and Romania stand shoulder to shoulder with the Malian people in their quest for lasting peace and sustainable development.

Romania’s commitment to replace Canada is an example of the continuing close cooperation among NATO allies to deliver critical capabilities to the UN, in line with the “smart-pledging” approach, which ensures countries’ contributions match real needs on the ground.

Canada and Romania salute the courage and determination of the civilians, military and police deployed to MINUSMA and are proud to be contributing to this mission.

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