Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 7:35 PM ET

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 7:35 PM ET

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National Audio 7:35 PM ET

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NAT089 - (Trudeau-Mali) GAO, Mali. x-19s. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is returning from Mali this evening after paying a surprise visit to Canadian peacekeepers at their hot and dusty U-N base there only days before Christmas. The trip was Trudeau's first -- and likely only -- visit to the West African nation, where about 250 Canadian peacekeepers have been providing lifesaving medical evacuations and transporting equipment and personnel. ("..incident happen.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: Mission commander Colonel Chris McKenna echoed that point, saying peacekeepers from other countries rely on the fact that quick medical assistance is available if they run into trouble.

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NAT090 - (Trudeau-Mali) GAO, Mali. x-13s. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the work of hundreds of peacekeepers during a surprise visit to Mali -- even as he defended his government's refusal to extend their mission several months to help the United Nations. …

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