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London Mayor Visits Chicago Amid First Trip to North America



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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20: London Mayor Sadiq Khan waves from the first Night Tube train to leave from Brixton Underground Station on August 20, 2016 in London, England. The London Underground's 24-hour service begins for the first time in its 153 year history. The new Night Tube will see both the Victoria and Central lines run through the night on Fridays and Saturdays. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

    In his first official visit to North America as Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is visiting Montreal, Chicago and New York.

    The trip aims to promote London as a “key destination for investment, business and tourism,” especially after the Brexit vote. Khan also plans to highlight the need for “building bridges rather than walls” a reference to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the US Mexico border.

    In a recent op-ed for the Chicago Tribune, Khan wrote, “It’s not for me to get involved in your presidential election. It’s up to you to decide who runs your country. But I will say this: We play straight into the hands of the extremists and terrorists trying to divide us when we buy into the belief that it’s not possible to hold Western values and to be a Muslim.”

    Khan is the first Muslim mayor of a western capital. He is set to speak Thursday at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

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