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

MONTREAL (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.

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference following a cabinet shuffle at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

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.

Reporting by Allison Lampert, writing by David Ljunggren, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien

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