HAVANA, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday that he will seek to uphold and expand international trade during the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' meeting.
"I am in favor of trade and Canada is in favor of trade because we know that it leads to growth and good jobs for the middle class. It is exactly something that we need to see more in these times of anti-globalization and calls to close investment," Trudeau said.
Speaking at a press conference before ending his two-day visit to Havana, Trudeau said he hoped to engage in a "positive and constructive" relationship with Asia's growing economies, particularly during the upcoming APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, which will take place over the weekend in Peru.
During his visit to the Caribbean nation, Trudeau met with Cuban President Raul Castro and discussed economic cooperation between Havana and Ottawa.
The APEC meeting will be the last stop of the Canadian leader's ongoing tour after visiting Argentina where he will meet with Argentine President Mauricio Macri.