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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with Emir of Qatar His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

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Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, about the situation in the Middle East.

The Prime Minister unequivocally condemned Hamas’ multi-front terrorist attack against Israel. He reiterated Canada’s support for the right of Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and security, and for a two-state solution.

The two leaders discussed the regional implications of developments since October 7, and the need to avoid escalation in the region. They discussed ongoing efforts to de-escalate and prevent further loss of civilian life. They exchanged views on the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza and discussed ongoing initiatives to help address the situation.

Prime Minister Trudeau underscored Canada’s call for unimpeded humanitarian access and a humanitarian corridor, so that essential aid like food, fuel, and water can be delivered to civilians in Gaza. He emphasized Canada’s ongoing work with its allies and international partners to help people leave Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel as safely and quickly as possible, and reiterated that Canada has announced an initial $10 million for humanitarian support and protection assistance to those affected by the crisis. The Prime Minister stressed that in Gaza, as elsewhere, international law, including humanitarian law, must be upheld by all.

The two leaders reaffirmed their intention to remain in close and regular contact.

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