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Trudeau sings Canada's praises to ASEAN on trade, promises help with Rohingyas

14 November 2017, 11:25 | Taylor George

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The Canadian Prime Minister's main event here is the ASEAN-Canada 40th Commemorative Summit slated Tuesday, which will celebrate dialogue relations between Canada and ASEAN that started in February 1977.

"I actually had an opportunity to have a conversation with President Duterte just before our meeting earlier this morning, in which I emphasized, of course, the people-to-people ties between Canada and the Philippines and the great connections there", Trudeau was quoted as saying in a Rappler report.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his partner Honeylet welcome Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prior to the opening of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. "This would allow Canada to become a full and dynamic partner of ASEAN".

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"Canada is deeply committed to multilateral institutions", Trudeau added.

Trudeau, in a press conference at the International Media Center at the World Trade Convention Center in Pasay City, acknowledged that the garbage shipment is an issue that Canada has been trying to resolve.

"Canada is a Pacific country, as you well know, and being able to engage on broader issues of security, of development, of human rights, of economic opportunity - broader than just the APEC group - is very much in line with how Canada wants to and should engage constructively with the region and, indeed, with the world". Duterte's bloody crackdown has included extrajudicial killings by his government that have left thousands dead.

Trudeau will be the first Canadian leader to participate in a one-hour exchange at the ASEAN summit, during which members will ask him questions and debate the depth of Canada's co-operation in the region. "We took an important step in that direction when we established a diplomatic presence in all 10 member states and appointed a permanent ambassador to ASEAN".

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