"Those responsible for Mr. Khashoggi's death must be held to account and face justice".
Freeland said Canada had a responsibility to react, calling Khashoggi's murder "vile" and "premeditated", adding that to date, Saudi Arabia's explanation lacks consistency and credibility.
New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speculated that Haspel didn't attend because she "would have said with a high degree of confidence that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia was involved in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi". In terms of our work to seek an investigation which is credible and transparent for the sake of the world. It's very important to act and to speak only on the basis of real certainty. "These are not accusations that we can make lightly".
As part of an examination of Khashoggi's death, the head of Canada's spy agency was dispatched to Turkey earlier in November to gather information and listen to a recording Turkish authorities have of Khashoggi's killing.
They also discussed enhancing investment in technology, renewable energy and food security over the next three years, PTI reported. The two leaders also talked about cooperation in arms manufacturing and Saudi Arabia's efforts to develop a domestic arms industry, SPA said.
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The Trudeau government has faced calls to cancel the armoured-vehicles contract but the prime minister has said the penalty for doing so would be "in the billions of dollars".
"I think they just so mishandled how they could separate the murder, which they should deal with, with the larger strategy in Saudi Arabia and they got it completely wrong", he said.
The outrage over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's Consulate in Istanbul has increased scrutiny on Riyadh's role in conflicts in the region, potentially giving Western powers, which provide arms and intelligence to the Saudi-led coalition, greater impetus for action.
Trump has said it may never be known who was responsible for the killing, and in public comments - and a long and unusual statement last week - he reinforced the United States' long-standing alliance with the Saudis. Saudi Arabia remained indifferent to calls from the global community, the increasing humanitarian price of the war and the fact that the battle would remain futile. "This is a normalization tour", she said.
Mr Trump has stood by the crown prince, saying he does not want to jeopardise U.S. business and defying intense pressure to impose broader sanctions on Saudi Arabia.More news: NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey