Trudeau demurs on Khashoggi
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.