Canada vows to defend human rights despite Saudi Arabia fight


Trudeau on Wednesday made his very first public declaration about installing diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia, promising to continue to defend human rights and persevere versus Saudi hostility.

” Canadians have constantly anticipated our federal government to speak strongly, strongly, plainly and politely about the need to respect human rights at home and around the globe,” Trudeau informed journalists while going to Montreal.

” We will continue to do that, we will continue to defend Canadian worths and certainly for universal values and human rights at any occasion.”

The 46-year-old leader added that Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland had a “long” conversation with her Saudi counterpart on Tuesday, though he did not expand on what was discussed or if both sides had reached a resolution.

” We continue to engage diplomatically and politically with Saudi Arabia,” he stated. “We do not want to have bad relations with Saudi Arabia. This is a country of some value worldwide that is making some development when it pertains to human rights.”

” But at the very same time,” he added, “we have to speak about the obstacles that are being dealt with there and elsewhere.”

Trudeau’s remarks come just hours after Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir warned of increased measures focused on punishing Canada.

“There is absolutely nothing to mediate. A mistake has actually been made and a mistake must be remedied,” al-Jubeir stated at a press conference Tuesday. He added that the onus was on Canada to “fix” their action, after the nation called out Saudi Arabia’s human rights record in a tweet on Friday.

The fight has intensified rapidly since it began– with Saudi Arabia expelling the Canadian ambassador, freezing all brand-new financial investment, cancelling all flights to Toronto, pulling countless trainees from Canadian organizations, disallowing its residents from getting medical treatment in Canadian hospitals, and supposedly selling Canadian assets.

Canada has actually turned to allies United Arab Emirates and Britain to help cool tensions, however Saudi Arabia appears reluctant to back down anytime soon.