07/12/2016 10:09 EDT | Updated 07/12/2016 10:59 EDT

Harjit Sajjan Discusses ISIS Fight With Counterparts In Iraq

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan met with his Iraqi and Kurdistan counterparts in Baghdad on Monday to discuss Canada's ongoing contribution to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Jordan Owens, a spokeswoman for the minister, said Sajjan arrived in Iraq after attending the recent NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland.

She said U.S. Defence Secretary Ashton Carter was also in Iraq, but that he and Sajjan were not together.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is welcomed by Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi on his arrival to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, July 11, 2016. (Photo: AP)

Owens said she could not provide details of Sajjan's discussions, adding the minister will discuss his visit later in a telephone conference call with the media.

The Liberal government announced in May that it was expanding its contribution to the fight against ISIL to include three CH-146 Griffon helicopters, an intelligence centre and additional trainers to what is called Operation IMPACT.

It said that would triple the size of Canada's mission to train, advise and help Iraqi security forces plan and conduct military operations against ISIL.

Sajjan will return to Canada on Thursday.

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