Amid Saudi row, Canadian PM says will keep speaking about rights

Reuters , Wednesday 8 Aug 2018

File Photo: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference in Brussels, Belgium July 12, 2018 (Photo: Reuters)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday he would keep on pressing nations about their human rights records, even as a dispute with Saudi Arabia over criticism from Ottawa continued to escalate.

Trudeau also told reporters that Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland had held a long conversation with her Saudi counterpart on Tuesday, but gave no details.

Saudi Arabia has frozen ties with Canada after it urged the release of jailed civil rights activists. 

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