Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 17, 2009 16:23 ET

Commander of ISAF Forces Completes Ottawa Visit

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2009) - The Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (ISAF), U.S. General Stanley A. McChrystal, concluded a visit to Ottawa this morning after two days of meetings with General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff, and other senior government officials.

The general's visit was organized by NATO as part of his ongoing program to visit ISAF troop-contributing nations, and followed a standing invitation from General Natynczyk.

"Canadians continue to play a critical role in mentoring Afghan security forces, training teachers, clearing land mines, vaccinating children, and providing microfinance loans and engineering expertise for critical infrastructure like the Dahla Dam-and that's helping to shape the future for Afghans," said General McChrystal.

"We have had success where we apply security and follow that with the correct approaches of government and development," he added. "We see success and that convinces me that we can apply that success across the country."

"The CF welcomes General McChrystal's leadership as head of ISAF in Afghanistan," said General Natynczyk. "During his visit we had important discussions about the challenges and way ahead in Afghanistan and I am optimistic we will see significant progress in the coming months."

During his visit to Ottawa, General McChrystal spoke to more than 400 defence experts and academics during an event hosted by the Conference of Defence Associations Institute. While in Ottawa, General McChrystal also laid a wreath at the National War Memorial in honour of fallen Canadian soldiers.

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