Justin Trudeau will miss the national Remembrance Day ceremony

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Justin Trudeau will miss the national Remembrance Day ceremony

The Prime Minister is scheduled to attend several important meetings in Asia in the coming days.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will miss the national Remembrance Day ceremony on Friday in Ottawa to attend a summit in Cambodia to be attended by countries from across Southeast Asia.

Senior officials revealed the Prime Minister's planned absence at a briefing, saying Mr. Trudeau would leave for the Association of Nations meeting on Thursday evening. ;South East Asia (ASEAN) in Phnom Penh.

The ASEAN summit, due to start on Saturday, is the first in a series of four international meetings that Mr. Trudeau will attend for 10 days. He will also be at the G20 in Indonesia, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Thailand and a Francophonie summit in Tunisia.

Officials said the Prime Minister preferred to meet serving military and veterans in New Brunswick earlier this week, where he also paid tribute to fallen Canadians.

< p class="e-p">Mr. Trudeau had skipped the national Remembrance Day ceremony in 2018 to attend an international gathering of world leaders in France marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

A spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Legion, which organizes and conducts the national ceremony each year, said the prime minister and other key government officials are always invited to attend.

We are disappointed that he is not present this year, said Nujma Bond. She understands, however, that on occasion, national issues may arise that prevent her from attending.

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