Canada, France vow to ‘work tirelessly’ for safe passage of Canadians, vulnerable Afghans


Canada and France have vowed to ‘work tirelessly’ to secure safe passage for the Canadians and vulnerable Afghans. (Photo – Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada)

Marc Garneau, Canada’s Foreign Minister, said he discussed the issue with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.

“We discussed the situation in Afghanistan. We will continue to do work tirelessly to secure safe passage for Canadians and vulnerable Afghans,” Garneau said in a statement posted online.

Canada confirmed last Friday that ten more Canadian citizens were evacuated from Afghanistan via a flight organized by Qatar, days after dozens of Canadians were evacuated in a similar flight.

Meanwhile, efforts are underway to help the Afghan evacuees get resettled in Canada with the Canadians and Canadian businesses stepping efforts to provide the basic needs to refugees.

Marco Mendicino, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), tweeted earlier this week “As more Afghan refugees arrive, Canadians are opening their homes and hearts. Now, these efforts will be united under one umbrella: Lifeline Afghanistan.”

He also added that several prominent Canadian businesses including airlines, supermarkets, hotels, and telecom companies have pledged support to Afghan refugees get resettled in the country.

The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), had announced earlier that Canada has so far evacuated over 3,700 people from Afghanistan.



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