© Reuters Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a press conference as he told reporters that two Canadian nationals detained by Beijing had left Chinese airspace and would return to Canada on Saturday morning, Ontario, Canada in September.
OTTAWA (Reuters) – Two Canadians detained by Beijing for more than 1,000 days have left Chinese airspace and will return to Canada early Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Friday.
Michael Covrig and Michael Spever were picked up in December 2018, shortly after Vancouver police arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, on a U.S. warrant. Shortly before Trudeau spoke, Canadian media reported that Meng returned to China after reaching an agreement with U.S. authorities.
“Twelve minutes ago, Michael Covrig and Michael Spever left Chinese airspace on their way home,” Trudeau told reporters in a brief remark.
“These two people have gone through incredibly difficult situations, but it’s inspiring and it’s good news for all of us that they’re on their way home with their families.”
Although Beijing has insisted that the two cases are not linked, Trudeau’s liberal government has accused China of engaging in hostage diplomacy. Trudeau was not asked if the two countries had reached a bilateral agreement.
“I would like to thank our allies and partners around the world in the international community who have maintained solidarity with Canada and these two Canadians,” he said.
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