Visiting Ottawa, Mike Pompeo pledges help to free Canadian detainees in China
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reaffirming the promise of US aid to release the two Canadian detainees in China since the arrest of Chinese company leader Huawei in Vancouver.
Meng Wanzhou is waiting in Canada for a court decision on his extradition request to the United States while Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are jailed in Beijing.
Mr. Pompeo met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his office in Ottawa on Thursday morning.
“Our team is committed to helping the release of these two Canadians. China must respect its commitments. We expect that. We work diligently. It is unfair that they are detained, “said the secretary of state during a brief appearance of the two men in front of the cameras.
“We will discuss international issues such as international trade, trade between our two countries,” Trudeau also said after welcoming the Secretary of State.
“We need to finalize the ACEUM,” said Pompeo, referring to the Canada-US free trade agreement with Mexico that has been signed, but not yet ratified, either in Ottawa or in Canada. Washington.
The Canadian government is waiting for the American Congress, where the Democrats are in the majority, to ratify the agreement before it is approved by parliamentarians in Ottawa.
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland will be hosting Pompeo for the remainder of the day. The two politicians meet the press early in the afternoon.
The repressed demonstrations in Hong Kong, home to 300,000 Canadians, are also likely to occupy the Canada-US talks.
“We are keeping a close eye on developments in Hong Kong,” Trudeau said Wednesday in a speech in Montreal. “With international partners, we stressed the need for restraint, to avoid violence,” he said.
In Washington, it has been reported that the crisis in Venezuela is also on the agenda of Mr. Pompeo’s visit to Canada.
Friday begins in Biarritz the G7 summit, during which Mr. Trudeau and Donald Trump will have the opportunity to resume discussions started in Ottawa Thursday.