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Canada contributes $21M to fund for Afghan police

Canada will put $21 million toward the salaries of Afghan police and prison guards over the next two years, it was revealed on Tuesday.

Canada will put $21 million toward the salaries of Afghan police and prison guards over the next two years, it was revealed on Tuesday.

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon and International Trade Minister Stockwell Day made the announcement at the end of a two-day visit to Kandahar and Kabul.

The money will be administered by the UN through a trust fund, a fund that should cover the salaries of about 3,000 police officers, officials said.

During the visit to Kandahar, Day and Cannon toured a new police sub-station and Sarpoza prison.

Cannon said the contribution over the next 24 months equals what needs to be spent on policing in Kandahar.

The trip also provided the opportunity to look at Canada's Afghan mission ahead of diplomatic meetings, Cannon said.

It's a chance to "get a better sense of what we are doing on the field and in the field so that we can better respond to what Canada's position will be eventually as we're moving forward," Cannon said.

The ministers also met with soldiers and toured training facilities.

With files from the Canadian Press