Canada will maintain pressure on Saudi Arabia over human rights despite a diplomatic row between the two countries, the Canadian prime minister has said.
“We have been engaged in a significant diplomatic effort with Saudi Arabia for many years now on ... the issue of human rights. We continue to bring it up any time I have the opportunity to meet with Saudi leadership,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters in Yerevan, Armenia.
Saudi Arabia froze new trade with Canada in August after the Canadian embassy published a tweet urging the release of jailed women’s rights activists. The Canadian ambassador was also expelled.
“We will continue to be clear and strong in speaking up for human rights around the world,” Trudeau added.