"Today, Canada was granted consular access to Michael Kovrig," the release said. "Ambassador McCallum met with him in Beijing. Canadian consular officials continue to provide consular services to him and his family and will continue to seek further access to Mr Kovrig."
The release added that Canada continues to seek consular access to a second detained Canadian, Michael Spavor.
Kovrig is a former Canadian diplomat who is currently working for the International Crisis Group in China. He was detained on December 10.
Global Affairs Canada confirms Ambassador John McCallum met with Michael Korvrig in Beijing today. The other Canadian in Chinese custody, Michael Spavor, has not received consular assistance. #cdnpoli— Kevin Gallagher (@KGallagherCTV) December 14, 2018
Spavor was the founder of a China-based company that carries out cultural exchanges with North Korea. He was reportedly acquainted with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.