Prime Minister Trudeau comments on Saudi journalist’s death

Ashley Moliere / October 23, 2018

Jamal Khashoggi was reported missing October 2nd, 2018.
(Friends of JKhashoggi / Facebook)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commented on relations with Saudi Arabia at a press conference on carbon tax Tuesday morning. Trudeau said that although the government supports free press and human rights, relations with Saudi Arabia are complicated.

“One of the issues we are faced with is a contract that was signed by the previous government that makes it extremely difficult for us to withdraw from that contract without significant financial penalties on Canadians.” – Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister

These comments come after Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi was reported missing on October 2nd. Khashoggi was a journalist for the Washington Post. After denying reports that he died at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Saudi officials later claimed that Khashoggi did die, but in a fist fight. Turkish officials continue to investigate Khashoggi’s death.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a press conference that Saudi Arabian individuals involved in Khashoggi’s death will have US visas revoked and other measures will be taken against them.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also spoke at a Parliament meeting, saying that hiding Khashoggi’s death would be an insult to the conscious of humanity. Erdogan also said that Saudi Arabia should reveal all of the people involved in Khashoggi’s death and hold those people responsible.

With files from Jason Manaois.