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Canada not invited to anti-ISIS coalition meeting in Paris

Canada not invited to anti-ISIS coalition meeting in Paris

Defence ministers from 7 countries will meet Jan. 20 to discuss fight against ISIS

By Katharine Starr, CBC News Posted: Jan 18, 2016 8:59 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 18, 2016 8:59 PM ET

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was not invited to a meeting of defence ministers from seven countries in the anti-ISIS coalition in Paris this week.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was not invited to a meeting of defence ministers from seven countries in the anti-ISIS coalition in Paris this week. (Canadian Press)

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Canada has not been invited to an anti-ISIS coalition meeting this week in Paris, CBC News has learned.

Defence ministers from France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Australia and the Netherlands will join U.S. Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter on Wednesday to discuss the future of the fight against the extremist group.

Canada’s Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan did not receive an invitation, his office confirmed to CBC News Network’s Power & Politics.

In an interview with host Rosemary Barton, parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs Omar Alghabra called the meeting “spontaneous” and that “not being invited didn’t come as a surprise.”

​Alghabra said the group of seven countries meet regularly, independently of Canada, and the only thing different this time is that they are meeting at the ministerial level.

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