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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz

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Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz.

The leaders discussed the ongoing situation in the Middle East. Prime Minister Trudeau expressed his continued support for Israel’s right to defend itself in accordance with international law, including international humanitarian law. He also stated that a sustainable ceasefire is needed to ensure lasting peace for Israelis and Palestinians, but underscored that this cannot be one-sided, and that Hamas must stop using civilians as human shields and lay down its arms. He reiterated that Hamas cannot play a role in the future governance of Gaza.

The Prime Minister and the Chancellor also conveyed concern about reports of a planned Israeli military operation in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. Prime Minister Trudeau highlighted the severe humanitarian implications for those taking refuge in the area, including many Canadians and their families.

Prime Minister Trudeau also emphasized his deep concern about the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza and called for increased and sustained humanitarian assistance to innocent Palestinian civilians.

The Prime Minister and the Chancellor reiterated their support for a two-state solution. They discussed the regional situation and stressed the importance of ensuring that the current conflict does not escalate further, including in neighbouring countries.

The two leaders underscored their unwavering support for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s ongoing war of aggression. They also discussed the importance of establishing long-term security commitments and co-operating on efforts to address the global impacts of the war.

Prime Minister Trudeau and Chancellor Scholz highlighted the strong relationship between Canada and Germany. They agreed to remain in regular contact and maintain close collaboration in support of shared priorities, including to address geopolitical issues.

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