Canada asking allies to help cool Saudi dispute

10 August, 2018, 13:29 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Saudi Press Agency

In response, the Saudi government has expelled Canada's ambassador from the country and frozen all new trade with Canada.

"Any other attempt to interfere with our internal affairs from Canada, means that we are allowed to interfere in Canada's internal affairs, " the Saudi government said.

While department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said USA officials have raised human rights concerns with the Saudis in the past, she stressed that Riyadh and Ottawa "need to diplomatically resolve this together".

Egypt saw crucial United States military aid frozen a year ago over its own human rights record amid one of its toughest ever crackdowns on dissent, but that decision was reversed last month.

The Education Ministry began developing a plan to remove thousands of Saudi scholarship students out of Canadian schools and into schools in other countries.

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a loose association of the six Gulf Arab countries, the Arab League and Palestine also supported Saudi policy.

"It's estimated to be about 100,000 (barrels per day), and that's down over the past two years", McTeague said of Saudi Arabia's oil exports to Canada.

Saudi Arabia gave Canada's ambassador in Riyadh, Dennis Horak, 24 hours on Monday to leave the country, declaring him persona non grata.

Anwar Gargash, United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs, tweeted in Arabic that the UAE stands with Saudi Arabia in defending its sovereignty and its laws. But Qatar, which has been locked in a diplomatic rift with Saudi Arabia and other neighbours for over a year, said on its foreign ministry's official Twitter account that the GCC secretary general's statement did not represent its view of the situation. "But we would encourage both governments to work out their issues together".

According to Statistics Canada, the Canadian government's statistics agency, total Canadian wheat sales to Saudi Arabia excluding durum were 66,000 tonnes in 2017 and 68,250 tonnes in 2016.

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Among those arrested was Samar Badawi, whose brother Raif Badawi was arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

Samar Badawi was the first woman to sue the government over the right to vote, and sued her father to block him from preventing her from marrying the man of her choice, ABC reported.

The college said it hasn't received any official word yet that Saudi students won't be attending.

"Some of these issues we choose to discuss privately with our friends, with our partners, with our allies", Nauert said. "Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is trying to pull off a very delicate process in which he liberalizes some aspects of Saudi society, which is extremely conservative, but also retains virtually absolute power over that society", Kliment said.

Saudi Arabia's media ministry is investigating the incident, which came as tensions between the two countries escalated.

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The United States said Tuesday that both Canada and Saudi Arabia are "close partners" of the US, and asked the Saudi government for more information of the detention of several activists.

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