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Canada's Trudeau meets tiny namesake, the son of refugees

17 Juillet 2017

Although photos of the charming encounter show Prime Minister Trudeau happily snuggling his young namesake, baby Justin Trudeau seemed a bit less impressed with the meeting.

The Canadian Prime Minister came face to face with two-month-old Justin Trudeau Adam Bilan - the son of a Syrian couple who fled war-ravaged Damascus to start a new life in Canada.

According to a report in CBC News, on meeting the prime minister baby Trudeau's mother said, "It was actually very good, it was unbelievable".

The boy's parents, Afraa Hajj Hammoud and Mohammed Bilal, arrived in Canada in February of 2016 and named their newborn in May.

The family chose to name their newborn after the prime minister as a thank you gesture to their adopted country.

Canada has reportedly welcomed more than 40,000 Syrian refugees since Trudeau became prime minister in late 2015.

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Shortly after Trudeau took office, the Canadian government agreed to accept tens of thousands of Syrian refugees - a move that saw him praised by the worldwide community.

'I was a little bit shocked... when he says that, I smile a little bit, a small smile, then I say, "yes, there is no problem, it will be like a small thank you for Justin Trudeau"'.

Doso, a Syrian father in Red Deer, named his own son Justin.

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

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.

Muhammad and Afraa Bilal arrived in Canada in February past year with their two young children after escaping war-torn Syria.

Canada's Trudeau meets tiny namesake, the son of refugees