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Justin Trudeau brought up human rights with Duterte after Trump failed to do so

The Independent logo The Independent 6 days ago Mythili Sampathkumar

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he brought up human rights issues with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte after US leader Donald Trump failed to do so.

The three were attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) meeting in Manila, also the tail end of Mr Trump’s 12-day Asia tour.

Mr Trudeau held a closed-door meeting with the often-bombastic Mr Duterte met with the US leader.

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“I also mentioned human rights, the rule of law and specifically extrajudicial killings as being an issue that Canada is concerned with…[Mr Duterte] was receptive to my comments and it was throughout a very cordial and positive exchange,” Mr Trudeau said to reporters.

The US and its neighbour to the north have had drastically different views on a number of issues during the Trump administration - climate change, the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), and human rights to name a few.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the leaders “briefly” discussed human rights during their 40-minute Manila meeting, but details were not provided.

The joint statement from the US and Philippines only said the “two sides underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential, and agreed to continue mainstreaming the human rights agenda in their national programs”.

Senator John McCain slammed the President for not publicly addressing the issue with Mr Duterte in a tweet.

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