ERBIL — Military assistance deliveries are still expected to proceed even after Kurdistan Region held an independence referendum on September 25, the Canadian Forces said on Wednesday.
The Iraqi government has not signaled its desire for Canada to change the military assistance it’s providing, Patricia Brunelle, Spokesperson for Canadian Forces told the Ottawa Citizen.
“The Government of Canada is taking all the reasonable steps to ensure that the Government of Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq provide the required commitments that any equipment provided from the government of Canada will be used in an appropriate manner,” she said.
“Canada will ensure that end-user agreements are fully approved and in place before any equipment is delivered,” She explained.
It is still unclear when Canada will send the weapons, but among the armament that will be provided to Peshmerga forces will be .50-calibre sniper rifles equipped with silencers, 60mm mortars,Carl Gustav anti-tank systems and others.
Canada has not opposed the Kurdistan Region’s vote for independence from Iraq, although it has voiced its support for a unified Iraq.