Justin Trudeau meets the baby Syrian refugee named in his honour

Justin Trudeau meets the baby Syrian refugee named in his honour

Canada agreed to accept tens of thousands of Syrian refugees after the country's 23rd Prime Minister took office.

"My husband says 'How about if we name the boy Justin-Trudeau, like him, '" his mom recounted to CBC after the boy was born in May.

Afraa Hajj Hammoud and Mohammed Belal fled Syria in 2016 and now call the Canadian city of Calgary home, according to CBC News. However, this happened last Saturday, when the baby Justin Trudeau met the prime minister of Canada.

"I can't believe that I met the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau". She added that Mr Trudeau told her at the meeting: "I appreciate that you named him after my name". More than 40,00 refugees have settled in Canada since then, The Guardian report said.

"It will be a big story because you know, the Arabic name and the English name, there is a big difference".

At the time of his birth, BBC News reported that baby Justin Trudeau's parents had expressed a hope their son might one day meet the man he'd been named after.

Mr Trudeau has always been known for his welcoming immigration policies.

A year ago in December, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had greeted about 163 Syrian refugees in the capital city Toronto, as the country was getting ready to welcome more refugees.

After US President Donald Trump in January first announced his travel ban barring immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, Mr Trudeau struck a decidedly different tone on his Twitter.

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