Mali aid expected to top $100M

Malian gendarmes stand by a Canadian Air Force C-17 carrying French army equipment at the airport...

Malian gendarmes stand by a Canadian Air Force C-17 carrying French army equipment at the airport in Bamako January 22, 2013. Canada is providing logistical aid to French forces fighting Islamist militants in the north of the country. (REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:21 PM ET

National Defence is pegging the cost of its contributions to the French-led mission in Mali at $18.6 million.

And that's the tip of the iceberg for Canadian funds going to support the west African nation in its ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis.

The figures were revealed Thursday to MPs at the Commons foreign affairs committee, which is studying Canada's involvement in the strife-torn country.  

David Morrison, with the Canadian International Development Agency, said agency spending in aid for Mali - one of the world's poorest nations - will likely top more than $100 million in the next few months.

Canada froze its annual $110-million in development aid after Mali's military ousted the prime minister in March 2012, but continued to send funds to meet emergency needs.


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