July 9, 2012 - Tokyo – Chris Alexander, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, meets with Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Joe Nakano of Japan today, following the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan held July 8, 2012, to announce that Canada and Japan are each contributing $3.5 million in support of joint counter-narcotics efforts in Afghanistan.
Baird recently announced that Canada is investing $18 million in counter-narcotics efforts in Afghanistan.
“Both countries are doing their part to help ensure that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists,” said Alexander—a former Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently announced long-term funding for Afghanistan’s development post-2014.
Efforts like the one announced today will complement Canada’s current mission to train Afghan police and military forces until these forces become fully responsible for Afghanistan’s security.