AA / Montreal / Hatem Kattou
“It is heartbreaking”, it is in these terms that expressed, Monday, the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, in Montreal, who commented on the chaotic situation, in particular, that of the civilian population in the Afghan capital, Kabul, after the entry of the Taliban.
The Canadian Prime Minister was responding to questions from journalists present during a visit to a company in the southern suburbs of Montreal, on the second day of the election campaign of September 20, dominated by events in Afghanistan.
“We are all very touched by the images of despair that we have seen since yesterday,” Trudeau said, about the chaotic situation, in particular, on the tarmac at Kabul airport and elsewhere in the Afghan capital.
“Like all Canadians, I was horrified by these scenes that we saw at the airport in Kabul, of this despair that we are seeing among people who, for many, were there to help. Canadians, ”added the Prime Minister.
While recalling that Ottawa had announced its intention to welcome some 20,000 Canadian refugees, Trudeau noted that “we continue to work with our partners, the United States, the United Kingdom and others, to evacuate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible ”.
Canada has so far hosted, according to figures provided by Trudeau, “807 Afghans”, while evacuating “34 Canadian diplomats and Canadian Armed Forces personnel, 2 international diplomats and 5 NATO personnel. “.
“Obviously, the situation is extremely difficult now, so we are coordinating constantly with our allies to see how we will be able to help other people to come out,” he said.
Trudeau concluded his response to reporters’ questions regarding the situation in Afghanistan, stating that “members of special units of the Canadian Armed Forces are still on the ground to help American soldiers secure the area where the airport is located. Kabul, so that the evacuations can resume ”.
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