Kuwait, Canada signs memo on military logistics base

10:05, July 12, 2011      

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Kuwait and Canada on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on establishing a logistics base in the Gulf emirate to support the Canadian armed forces' mission abroad, official KUNA news agency reported.

The agreement came after Canada was forced to close a military hub in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last October, due to a dispute between the two countries over landing rights for the UAE' s two commercial airlines.

It was signed after talks between Kuwaiti Defense Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and his Canadian counterpart Peter MacKay, who was on a visit to the oil-rich Gulf emirate.

The base would enable Canadian military to move personnel and equipment in and out of Kuwait to support its training mission in Afghanistan.

Sheikh Jaber and Mackay also discussed military cooperation between the two countries, KUNA said.

Canada has been looking to open new bases in Germany and Jamaica to support humanitarian and combat missions abroad.

Kuwait houses in its south the U.S. Camp Arifjan, which provides logistics for Washington's military operations in Iraq.

Source: Xinhua
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