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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with caretaker Prime Minister of Lebanon Najib Mikati

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Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the caretaker Prime Minister of Lebanon, Najib Mikati, about the ongoing situation in the Middle East.

Prime Minister Trudeau expressed Canada’s concern over increasing tensions between Israel and Hezbollah along Lebanon’s southern border, and expressed his condolences to caretaker Prime Minister Mikati for the death of Lebanese civilians as a result of the conflict.

The two leaders expressed their deep concerns over the ongoing dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. They agreed on the importance of upholding international humanitarian law, ensuring humanitarian access to the affected areas, and protecting civilians.

Prime Minister Trudeau reaffirmed Canada’s humanitarian support to Palestinians, including through the recent announcement of an additional $40 million in funding to address urgent needs stemming from the ongoing crisis in Gaza.

The leaders also discussed the regional security implications of the conflict, the importance of avoiding an escalation, and ongoing efforts toward de-escalation. They reiterated support for urgent international efforts toward a sustainable ceasefire.

Prime Minister Trudeau and caretaker Prime Minister Mikati highlighted the strong people-to-people ties between the two countries and the ongoing contributions of Lebanese Canadians to Canada’s national fabric. They agreed to remain in contact as the situation continues to evolve in the Middle East.

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