Trudeau: Canada to defend 'mutual interests' of Asean, partners

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2017

Trudeau said that during his meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, they discussed how they can collaborate on "reducing hostage-taking as a fund raising mechanism" for terrorists.

"I also mentioned human rights, the rule of law and specifically extrajudicial killings as being an issue that Canada is concerned with", he said at the news conference.

He says he also offered Canada's support, as a friend, to help the Philippines move forward.

Highlights of Trudeau's 2017 trip is his visit to a popular Filipino-owned fastfood chain which, he claims, is equally popular in Canada; and to the Linangan ng Kababaihan (Likhaan), a non-government organization (NGO), funded by the Canadian government and Inter Pares, a Canadian social justice organization, for women's health.

Even though Duterte helped Canada get a seat at a table, Trudeau said he still brought up concerns with the Philippine president.

Trudeau said Canada will continue to be a part of global efforts to fight worldwide terrorism and will work to ensure that "there are consequences for anyone engaged in terrorist hostage taking". "It was throughout a very cordial and positive exchange", he said.

Trudeau and other heads of state are in the country for talks with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) leaders as part of the 31st Asean summit and related meetings.

The Canadian prime minister's comments came the day after US President Donald Trump hailed the "great relationship" he enjoys with Duterte in a meeting the Philippines government said did not touch on human rights. "We must have to protect life, to uphold the rule of law and human rights", he said.

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