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John Baird to affirm support for ISIS fight in UN Security Council speech

09/19/2014 02:49 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 01:01 EDT
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will restate Canada's support in the fight against the Islamic insurgent group ISIS in an address to the UN Security Council later today.

Canada is not a member of the Security Council, but a senior government official told CBC News that Baird was invited to speak. He will deliver a four-minute address starting about 4 p.m. ET. CBCNews.ca will carry it live.

"As Canada is a key partner in the international coalition that [U.S.] President [Barack] Obama and Secretary [of State John] Kerry are trying to build, minister Baird has been asked to attend this key meeting of the UN Security Council," the senior government official said.

Baird will talk about Canada's commitment to help Iraq in its fight against ISIS, and will welcome the American leadership on the issue and call on others in the region to help to combat the terrorist threat, the official said.

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"An international response is crucial at this time, and the security of our partners and allies in the region, and around the world, hangs in the balance," the official said.

The prime minister announced recently that Canada would join an international coalition by sending 69 Canadian Forces members to advise and help Kurdish Peshmurga forces. 

Canada has already committed more than $28 million to the humanitarian crisis. The money will help with health needs, shelter and relief supplies.

Canada has also provided $10 million in "non-lethal" security assistance to provide helmets, body armour and logistics support vehicles to security forces in Iraq.