Canadian PM Justin Trudeau meets Syrian baby boy named after him

Adam Scotti  Twitter                       Two-month-old Justin Trudeau Adam Bilal met his namesake Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday

The prime minister's personal photographer Adam Scotti captured the meeting on Saturday afternoon, during the Prime Minister's excursion to the Calgary Stampede. The boy was born in May in Calgary to Syrian parents who had come to Canada as refugees recently.

The child's mother, Afraa Hajj Hammoud, said her husband Mohammed Belal thought of the name - and she liked the idea.

CBC News spoke to Hammoud about her family's face-to-face with the Canadian prime minister.

"I can't believe that I met the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau".

Justin Trudeau, meet Justin Trudeau: the Canadian Prime Minister met a baby boy named in his honor due to his efforts to help the family seek refuge from Syria.

Ms Hammoud told CBC it was an fantastic experience to meet the man who inspired their son's name and who made their new life possible.

Mr Trudeau has always been known for his welcoming immigration policies. And who can forget Trudeau's heart-warming note on social media, welcoming immigrants to the country, amidst the US President's disregard for the same? "Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada", he posted. While Syrian children are generally named after their grandparents, the refugee couple chose to name their boy after the prime minister to showing gratitude that the country has accepted them. The younger Justin was born in May to a Syrian family who arrived in Canada past year.

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