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Canada not to extend Afghan mission
Wed, 31 Mar 2010 11:36:41 GMT
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Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (3rd L) speaks during the G8 foreign ministers' meeting in Gatineau, Quebec, March 30, 2010.
Canada has rejected US calls for extending the presence of its troops in Afghanistan, standing opposed to Washington's strategy in the war-torn country.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper reiterated that Canada would not keep the troops deployed in the country.

During a Tuesday meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Ottawa, Harper stated clearly that "Canada will remain engaged, but this is going to be a civilian-based mission."

Canada is scheduled to withdraw its 2,800 troops form Afghanistan next year.

The government was under mounting public pressure to return the soldiers home. At least 140 Canadian troops have been killed so far in Afghanistan.

Clinton on Monday suggested that Canada accept a role for training missions or logistics.

"There's all kinds of things that are possible," she said during an interview with Canadian television.

"We would obviously like to see some form of support continue, because the Canadian forces have a great reputation."

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