Canada and Australia to coordinate efforts to help resettle vulnerable Afghans fleeing Taliban

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Canada and Australia will coordinate efforts to help resettle the vulnerable Afghans who are fleeing Afghanistan following the takeover of the country by Taliban.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison discussed the resettlement of Afghan refugees during a telephone conversation on Monday.

The two leaders agreed to continue coordinating efforts to help resettle vulnerable Afghans fleeing the Taliban, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

The statement further added that the two leaders also committed to keeping in touch in the months ahead.

The Government of Canada recently announced it will double its humanitarian resettlement commitment from 20,000 to 40,000 Afghan refugees.

Addressing the General Debate of the 76th United Nations General Assembly ‘In Our Hands’ late last month, Canada’s Foreign Minister Marc Garneau said “Now, faced with a heart wrenching situation in Afghanistan Canadians have once again shown their openness to those who do not wish to live under Taliban rule but prefer to stand up for democracy, human rights and gender equality.”

Garneau further added “In fact, Canadians overwhelmingly called on us to do more. And in response to their generosity and welcoming spirit we have now committed to welcoming 40,000 Afghan refugees to Canada – so that they too can contribute to our success, while we continue to support their efforts for a more peaceful, tolerant world.”

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