Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Canadian troops deployed on the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali on Saturday, according to CTV. Trudeau’s visit was kept secret until after his departure due to security concerns.
Accompanied by Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan and Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance, Trudeau was on the ground for nearly five hours, during which he met with Malian President Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga.
Canada joined the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali in June, with a one-year commitment.
Canada has eight helicopters and approximately 250 military personnel in Mali, which has been destabilized by poverty, drought and Islamic extremism since a civil conflict broke out in 2012.
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