January 28, 2019 / 7:30 PM / 10 months ago

Canada's Freeland says former envoy's comments untenable

FILE PHOTO: Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 12, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Monday that former ambassador to China John McCallum’s comments about a Huawei Technologies executive’s high-profile extradition case had made it untenable for him to stay in the job.

Speaking to reporters in Ottawa, Freeland said McCallum had not accurately conveyed the government’s thinking on the situation. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday said he had fired the country’s ambassador to China, who prompted a political furore with his comments about the case.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Writing by Allison Martell

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