Dion’s closed-door meeting with Saudi human rights chief rankles Conservatives

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Dion’s closed-door meeting with Saudi human rights chief rankles Conservatives

Posted: 7th November 2016 By: Evelyne Abitbol Category: News Comment: 0

CTV – News – Graham Slaughter, CTVNews.ca Writer@grahamslaughter

dionstephane_libSaudi Arabia, a country with one of the worst human rights records, met with officials in Ottawa. Joyce Napier has the details.

The Liberal government is facing harsh criticism over a closed-door meeting between the foreign affairs minister and the president of Saudi Arabia’s human rights commission — a group that has signed off on executions in the Middle Eastern kingdom.

Journalists were not allowed to attend the meeting between Stephane Dion and Bandar Bin Mohammed Al-Aiban at Global Affairs headquarters in Ottawa, so little is known about the content of the discussions. However, Dion said he would pressure Saudi Arabia to release a blogger jailed over insults to Islam.

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