December 14, 2018 / 4:51 PM / 3 months ago

Canada says it has been granted consular access to man detained by China

FILE PHOTO: Michael Kovrig, an employee with the International Crisis Group and former Canadian diplomat appears in this photo provided by the International Crisis Group in Brussels, Belgium, December 11, 2018. Courtesy CRISISGROUP/Julie David de Lossy/Handout via REUTERS

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian officials were granted consular access on Friday to one of two men detained by China this week and are still trying to make contact with the second, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Canadian ambassador John McCallum met Michael Kovrig in Beijing, said the statement, which gave no further details. Kovrig and Michael Spavor were both detained after Canada arrested a senior Chinese executive on a U.S. extradition request.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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