Harper Chats Privately with Pakistan’s Taliban Shot Teen Yousafzai

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Before attending relevant economic matters on the second day of his trip to New York, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper spared a few minutes to especially meet a Pakistani teen who is deemed as a champion for girls’ education after being shot by the Taliban. The prime minister held a meet up with 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban last fall, when he admired her courageous endeavors and congratulated her on a remarkable recovery in hospital, along with her accomplishment to become an international role model.

Previously on Wednesday, Yousafzai appealed to all world leaders to use education as a tool, rather than war, during her address in the first anniversary of the Global Education First Initiative at the UN. She insisted that United Nations member states shall use books, not guns, in conflict zones. She mentioned that “instead of sending weapons, instead of sending tanks to Afghanistan and all these countries which are suffering from terrorism, send books.”

Even though the prime minister’s office has officially refused to reveal the content of Mr. Harper and Yousafzai’s discussion on Thursday, later an official unveiled that Yousafzai talked about her efforts to promote education for women and girls, and that Harper invited her to visit Canada. On the other hand, Harper also took time to speak over the phone with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, congratulating her on her Sept. 22 election victory. The pair spoke about the desire to complete a Canada-EU trade agreement, a spokesman said.

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