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Trudeau says he pressed Egypt's president on detained Canadians

Last Updated Feb 9, 2020 at 8:42 am PST

Egypt President Abdelfattah Elsisi and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sit down Saturday, Feb 8, to, "talk about strengthening economic relations, supporting peace & development around the world, and more." (Courtesy: @JustinTrudeau)

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he raised the cases of Canadian citizens detained in Egypt with that country’s president at a summit of African leaders.

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is concluding a term as chair of the African Union and is a former general who took power in Egypt in a coup in 2013.

A year ago, Egyptian authorities arrested Canadian engineer Yasser Albaz at the Cairo airport as he was leaving at the end of a business trip and have held him since, without any public charges.

Amnesty International has cited Egypt under el-Sisi for arbitrary detentions, torture, and extrajudicial killings.

Trudeau is in Africa seeking support for Canada to get a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

In a news conference at the end of the African Union summit, he said promoting human rights comes up in everything he does there.