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AP INTERVIEW: Canada's top diplomat says country has no plans to expand IS campaign to Syria

  • ADDS NAME OF GCC SECRETARY-GENERAL DR ABDULATIF AL ZAYANI - Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird speaks during the 10th International Institute for the Strategic Studies in Manama, Bahrain, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Britain's top diplomat says his nation has signed a deal with the Gulf Arab nation of Bahrain to bolster the United Kingdom's military presence in the region. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announced the deal Saturday at a security conference in the Bahraini capital, Manama, where he assured Gulf allies that "your security concerns are our security concerns." Secretary General of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdulatif Al Zayani  is seen at right. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    ADDS NAME OF GCC SECRETARY-GENERAL DR ABDULATIF AL ZAYANI - Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird speaks during the 10th International Institute for the Strategic Studies in Manama, Bahrain, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Britain's top diplomat says his nation has signed a deal with the Gulf Arab nation of Bahrain to bolster the United Kingdom's military presence in the region. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announced the deal Saturday at a security conference in the Bahraini capital, Manama, where he assured Gulf allies that "your security concerns are our security concerns." Secretary General of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdulatif Al Zayani is seen at right. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)  (The Associated Press)

  • Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird speaks during the 10th International Institute for the Strategic Studies in Manama, Bahrain, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Britain's top diplomat says his nation has signed a deal with the Gulf Arab nation of Bahrain to bolster the United Kingdom's military presence in the region. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announced the deal Saturday at a security conference in the Bahraini capital, Manama, where he assured Gulf allies that "your security concerns are our security concerns." (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird speaks during the 10th International Institute for the Strategic Studies in Manama, Bahrain, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Britain's top diplomat says his nation has signed a deal with the Gulf Arab nation of Bahrain to bolster the United Kingdom's military presence in the region. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announced the deal Saturday at a security conference in the Bahraini capital, Manama, where he assured Gulf allies that "your security concerns are our security concerns." (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)  (The Associated Press)

  • Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird speaks to The Associated Press at the 10th International Institute for the Strategic Studies in Manama, Bahrain, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird speaks to The Associated Press at the 10th International Institute for the Strategic Studies in Manama, Bahrain, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)  (The Associated Press)

Canada's foreign minister says his country has no plans to follow its neighbor the United States in expanding airstrikes against the Islamic State group into Syria.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday in the Gulf nation of Bahrain, Foreign Minister John Baird said Canada is focused on its current mission against the extremist group in Iraq for now.

Canadian warplanes taking part in the U.S.-led bombing campaign launched their first airstrikes against militants last month with strikes on targets in the vicinity of the Iraqi city of Fallujah.

Canada has deployed six CF-18s along with a C-150 Polaris and two CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft as its contribution to the bombing campaign against the Islamic State group, which has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria.