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

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

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

The Philippines and Canada are working together to to bring to justice the Abu Sayyaf bandits who killed their Canadian hostages a year ago, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, November 14.

"As a member of a wide range of multilateral organizations, we are uniquely positioned to amplify that message before global audiences and our partners", Trudeau said in a speech marking the 40 Asean-Canada Commemorative Summit on the second day of the 31 Asean Summit on Tuesday.

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"As I mentioned to President Duterte, we are concerned with human rights, with the extrajudical kilings". Trudeau was quoted saying in CNN report, "Every child deserves the best start in life, that's why Canada is helping mothers around the world get access to quality services like those offered at the Likhaan Center for Women's Health".

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The Canadian leader also said that Duterte was "receptive" to his comments, and that their conversation was "very cordial and positive exchange". But human rights groups said the number is around 13,000. It's very much what people expect of Canada. Even so, he explained that it is still important to bring up the issue of human rights.

This is the second visit of Trudeau to Manila, the first in 2015 when the Philippines also hosted the Asean Summit.

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The East Asia Summit a forum of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit meets annually to discuss issues related to the regions.

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