Canada ‘clear, strong’ with Saudis on hu­man rights, PM says

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

WASH­ING­TON - Justin Trudeau says Canada has been and con­tin­ues to be clear and strong with the king­dom of Saudi Ara­bia about de­fend­ing hu­man rights. The prime min­is­ter also says Canada has “se­ri­ous is­sues” around re­ports about the dis­ap­pear­ance of U.S. journalist Ja­mal Khashoggi, although he says there is still more to learn be­fore he’ll com­ment fur­ther.

And Trudeau says Canada has been en­gaged in a sig­nif­i­cant diplo­matic ef­fort on hu­man rights with Saudi Ara­bia for many years, in­clud­ing in his own con­ver­sa­tion last spring with King Sal­man bin Ab­du­laziz Al Saud.

“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 re­porters Fri­day at la Fran­co­phonie’s bi­en­nial sum­mit in Ar­me­nia.

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