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Justin Trudeau stands by Sajjan

Defence Minister of Canada Harjit Singh Sajjan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Ottawa May 2 (UITV/IANS)- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been accepted Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan’s apology for exaggerating his role in a combat operation in Afghanistan in 2006. Trudeau told that he does not have any intention to firing Sajjan.

Trudeau told in the Canadian commons, “Sajjan acknowledged his mistake, apologized and this minister continues and will continue to have my full confident.”

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Trudeau went on to insist that Sajjan had served his country with distinction in a number of capacities, including as a police officer and as a soldier. As a Minister, he added, "He has my full confidence."

It is reported that, in a speech in New Delhi on April 18, Sajjan told the Indian think tank Observer Research Foundation that he had been the "architect" of Operation Medusa, which the Minister has since retracted.

"On my first deployment to Kandahar in 2006, I was kind of thrown in an unforeseen situation and became the architect of an operation... where we removed about 1,500 Taliban fighters," Sajjan, a Major of Canadian force during the operation of Afghanistan told.

Later, Sajjan repeated his apology in Canadian commons and told, "I would like to apologize for my mistake in describing my role, and retract that statement, and I'm truly sorry for it,"

Opposition leader Rona Ambrose criticized it a “Cardinal sin” in the military circle for stealing valor of others.

"How much more does the Prime Minister need to hear before he understands why our men and women in uniform have lost confidence in the Minister," Ambrose added.
 

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