Trudeau says thousands of Afghans to be resettled in ‘coming weeks’ amid ‘dire situation’


Amid an “extraordinarily dire situation” on the ground in Afghanistan, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said Monday that the government is committing to resettle thousands of Afghans “in the coming weeks.” With the opposition party leaders demanding better, the issue took centre stage on the first full day of the federal election campaign. Speaking at an election stop in Quebec, Trudeau said that as of Monday at least 807 Afghans have been evacuated and 500 have arrived in Canada, though thousands remain stranded in an increasingly volatile and desperate situation. Trudeau, who remains the prime minister during the election period, was briefed Monday morning on the latest developments and said that the government “firmly condemns the escalating violence.” He said that Canada is working with the U.S., the U.K. and other allies as well as international aid organizations on the promise to resettle 20,000 Afghans, pointing to the work underway on the ground. For weeks, the Afghan interpreters who aided the Canadian military during their mission have been desperately trying to leave the country and are pleading for urgent help from the government.

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