US President Barack Obama speaks at a Leaders Summit for Refugees in New York. (Image Credit: Via Bloomberg)

50 countries pledge to take in 360,000 refugees

Obama urges nations to ‘welcome the stranger in our midst’, as he praises Germany and Canada

United Nations: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged countries to “welcome the stranger in our midst” at a summit that drew pledges from 50 countries to take in 360,000 refugees.

Speaking at a US-led refugee summit at the United Nations, Obama praised Germany and Canada among other countries for opening up their doors to those fleeing the war in Syria and other conflicts.

“We are facing a crisis of epic proportion,” Obama said.

“We cannot avert our eyes or turn our backs. To slam the door in the face of these families would betray our deepest values.”

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