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14 November 2017, 12:25 | Erica Roy
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Justin Trudeau tackled Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte over allegations of extrajudicial killings in Manila's deadly drug war, he said on Tuesday.
The prime minister met briefly with Duterte before he delivered a speech to members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in a bid for Canada to eventually join its exclusive, influential circles that focus on security in the Asia-Pacific.
"Countries around the world know that when you engage with Canada you will hear about human-rights concerns and we are the first to mention that we are not flawless, either".
"As tensions in North Korea continues to escalate, Canada stands united with the Asian continent and the world in our demand for North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs", he said. "I will always bring that up", Trudeau told reporters in a media briefing after the summit.
Duterte is sensitive to such criticism, and in the past called then U.S. President Barack Obama a "son of a bitch" after the State Department publicly expressed concern over the Philippine anti-drug campaign.
This is the second visit of Trudeau to Manila, the first in 2015 when the Philippines also hosted the Asean Summit.
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. But human rights groups said the number is around 13,000.
Trudeau added Canada offered assistance to address human rights issues in the country.
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