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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau & Barck Obama exchange condolences over tragedy in Orlando, hostage death

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The Prime Minister’s Office said Trudeau reaffirmed Canada’s solidarity with the people of Orlando, families and friends of the victims and the LGBTQ community.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau embraces Ambassador of the United States to Canada Bruce Heyman at the United States embassy, in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau embraces Ambassador of the United States to Canada Bruce Heyman at the United States embassy, in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

He and Obama agreed on the importance of fighting hate and intolerance, and the need to promote and protect pluralism and diversity.

Obama said he was grateful to the people of Canada for their support.

He also expressed condolences for the killing of Robert Hall by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group in the Philippines.

The two men said they will continue working together in the fight against terrorism.

On Tuesday evening, Trudeau paid a visit to the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa to pay his condolences for the victims of the Orlando shooting.

Once inside the ambassador’s office, Trudeau sat at a glass-topped table and leafed slowly through a book of condolence with Sophie Gregoire Trudeau standing to his right and U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman seated to his left.

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, left to right, the Ambassador of the United States to Canada Bruce Heyman and wife Vicki Heyman look on as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signs a book of condolence at the United States embassy, in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, left to right, the Ambassador of the United States to Canada Bruce Heyman and wife Vicki Heyman look on as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signs a book of condolence at the United States embassy, in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

“Being friends is about celebrating in the good times, but even more about being able to lean on each other during the toughest times. Des grands amis, toujours,” Trudeau wrote in the book.

The message written by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a book of condolence is seen at the United States embassy, in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

The message written by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a book of condolence is seen at the United States embassy, in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

SOURCE: ia.thecanadianpress.com


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