On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the Prime Minister of Iraq, Mohammed Shia’ Al Sudani.
Prime Minister Trudeau reiterated his condemnation of the brutal attacks perpetrated by the terrorist organization Hamas against Israel and underscored the need for humanitarian pauses in Gaza. The prime ministers exchanged views on the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, including the need to ensure safe and unimpeded access to life-saving humanitarian aid for civilians in Gaza.
Prime Minister Trudeau underscored that Hamas does not represent the Palestinian people nor their legitimate aspirations. He emphasized Canada’s support for the right of both Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and security, and the need to renew efforts toward a two-state solution to secure lasting peace. The Prime Minister also called for the immediate release of all hostages being held by Hamas. The two leaders agreed on the importance of avoiding escalation of this conflict in the region.
Prime Minister Trudeau condemned the disturbing rise in Islamophobia, antisemitism, and anti-Arab discrimination, highlighting the impact it is having on Arab, Muslim, and Jewish communities around the world. He also expressed his appreciation for Prime Minister Al-Sudani’s efforts to ensure the safety of the international community in Iraq and to prevent escalation of conflict in the region.
The leaders agreed to remain in contact as the situation evolves.