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Ottawa, Nov 18 (Canadian-Media): Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau King of Jordan Abdullah II discussed on Monday in Trudeau's Parliament Hill office refugee crisis and security concerns, among various other issues, media reports said.
Justin Trudeau. Image credit: Official
Trudeau welcomed the king of Jordan on his fifth visit to Canada and praised the king's leadership in the Middle East during troubled times and added that the ing has a strong voice "Whether it's on refugees or human rights, economic growth and opportunities."
King Abdullah thanked Trudeau for the later's tremendous support "in coordinating on refugee and regional issues, and "outstanding military and intelligence co-operation."
Canada's marquee Liberal program of 2015 election, which welcomed refugees, had eased the burden by bringing Syrian refugees in Canada, when Jordan was burdened with more than 660,000 Syrians refugees which added to a massive influx for Jordan's population of about 10 million.
Four years ago this month Canada's Liberal government under the leadership of Trudeau kicked off a multi-billion-dollar program, in Jordan that eventually allowed nearly 40,000 Syrians arrive.
That year, Trudeau promised to bring 25,000 Syrians to Canada.
Besides refugee issues, the the two discussed in the Prime Minister's Office efforts by Canada and Jordan to promote diversity and counter violent extremism and how Canada could help Jordan cope with the pressures from the Syrian civil war and unrest in Iraq.
The two also discussed about climate change.
King Abdullah also backed Canada's bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Abdullah would be leaving for New York City this week to receive "scholar-statesman award," for his peace-building efforts from a U.S. think-thank, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.