02/12/2016 03:09 EST | Updated 02/12/2017 05:12 EST

Ban Ki-moon Lauds Canada's Response To Syrian Refugee Crisis

Ban Ki-moon met with 40 Syrian refugees during his visit to Parliament.

MONTREAL — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has again praised Canada's response to the Syrian refugee crisis.

Ban said in Montreal today that Canada's decision to welcome 25,000 refugees may be a small number but it's a huge example of international solidarity.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivers a toast to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a dinner in Gatineau, Que., on Thursday. (Photo: Fred Chartrand/CP)

He says Canada has shown compassionate leadership and generosity and that more developed countries should be helping to shoulder the responsibility of caring for Syria's displaced people.

Ban added he met about 40 Syrian refugees on Thursday during a visit to Canada's Parliament in Ottawa.

He says the refugees were very happy knowing their lives had been protected and their human dignity respected.

The secretary general is scheduled to visit the offices of the International Civil Aviation Organization this afternoon and meet with Premier Philippe Couillard tonight.

On Saturday, he will visit an anti-radicalization centre with Mayor Denis Coderre.

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