Trudeau de­murs on Khashoggi

Cape Breton Post - - Canada / World - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau de­murred Fri­day on the dark­en­ing mys­tery sur­round­ing the fate of Ja­mal Khashoggi, say­ing only that Canada has “se­ri­ous is­sues’’ with re­ports the Wash­ing­ton Post colum­nist was killed by Saudi Ara­bian op­er­a­tives in­side that coun­try’s con­sulate in Turkey.

But he in­sisted Canada has done plenty when it comes to call­ing the king­dom on the diplo­matic car­pet over its dis­mal hu­man rights record.

“We have been ex­tremely ac­tive both in pri­vate and in pub­lic over many years now around our con­cern for hu­man rights in Saudi Ara­bia, and we will con­tinue to be clear and strong in speak­ing up for hu­man rights around the world, re­gard­less of with whom,’’ Trudeau told a news con­fer­ence at la Fran­co­phonie’s bi­en­nial sum­mit in Ar­me­nia.

He said he broached the sub­ject him­self dur­ing a con­ver­sa­tion last spring with King Sal­man bin Ab­du­laziz Al Saud.

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