Canada is moving to boost its military presence in Africa, as the Canadian military prepares for a possible invasion.
Canada will host training for the first time on a U.S. military base in Kenya, and will also send a small number of soldiers to South Africa.
“We’re definitely in the midst of a military-to-military conflict,” Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Monday.
A Canadian army soldier patrols on a street in Nairobi, Kenya, July 25, 2021.
The U.N. Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss an escalation of the violence in the East African nation.
The move comes amid rising tension in the country, which is hosting more than 300,000 people from more than 80 countries, including more than 400,000 from Somalia.
Canadian troops will train in South Africa on Thursday, according to a news release from the department.
Military officials say Canada’s troops will take part in exercises in Kenya and Uganda, while military trainers will visit Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The training comes after Canada’s military said it had deployed two military advisers to the Central African Republic, where hundreds of civilians have been killed in the fighting in recent weeks.
Sajjan’s comments come as the United States prepares to send two F-35 fighter jets to South Korea to train South Korean air forces, as well as another F-22 fighter jet to join the American military’s warplanes.
U.S.-South Korea military exercise ‘a very significant step forward’The announcement comes as U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is also set to attend a summit of African leaders in Uganda.