mandag 24. desember 2018

Canada and US demand immediate release of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, held in ‘arbitrary detention’ by China

“We are deeply concerned by the arbitrary detention by Chinese authorities of two Canadians earlier this month and call for their immediate release,” Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement. It was a sharp escalation in tone by Canadian authorities, who have been notably restrained in their response to the arrests.

US State Department spokesman Robert Palladino also called for the two to be freed, while European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini said through a spokesperson: “The EU supports the efforts of the Canadian government.”