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King , Trudeaumeet to talk refugee issues, security concerns


[11/18/2019 10:30:09 AM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah II meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on Monday.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lauded the king of Jordan Monday morning for his leadership in the Middle East during troubled times.

Trudeau offered the tribute as he welcomed King Abdullah II on his fifth visit to Canada in 20 years as leader of the strategically important Middle Eastern country that borders Syria and Iraq.

"I really have to say that His Majesty has been extraordinary in being a strong leader at a time of so much uncertainty," Trudeau told Abdullah after the two shook hands in his Parliament Hill office.

"Whether it's on refugees or human rights, economic growth and opportunities, you really have been a tremendous, tremendous strong voice."

Abdullah, clad in a dark business suit and red tie, said his country appreciated the "tremendous support" it has received from Canada on co-ordinating refugee and regional issues, along with "outstanding military and intelligence co-operation."

Upwards of 660,000 Syrians have sought shelter in neighbouring Jordan from the conflict engulfing their homeland, a massive influx for Jordan's population of about 10 million

Canada has tried to help ease the burden under a marquee Liberal program that originated in a campaign promise during the 2015 election.

That year, Trudeau promised to bring 25,000 Syrians to Canada, and it is four years ago this month that the Liberal government kicked off a multi-billion-dollar program that would eventually see nearly 40,000 Syrians arrive.

The Prime Minister's Office said the two were scheduled to discuss the partnership between Canada and Jordan and efforts to promote diversity and counter violent extremism.

*CBC

They are also expected to discuss ongoing regional security concerns, exacerbated in recent weeks by the repeated violation of a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war.

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