Saudi Arabia Cuts Trade Ties With Canada Following Diplomatic Row

11 August, 2018, 04:24 | Author: Carlos George
  • Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador and suspending new trade with Canada

The decision to freeze new trade agreements could threaten Canada's $15-billion arms deal that includes providing armoured vehicles to the kingdom, but Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said it was "premature" to comment on its status.

"We are going to look at how we can ensure that we're competitive broadly. we have very strong trading relationships around the world". "Canada and all other nations need to know that they can't claim to be more concerned than the kingdom over its own citizens".

Freeland said Monday in Vancouver that there was "nothing new or novel" about Canada's long-standing position on human rights around the world, and that Ottawa is awaiting more details from the kingdom before responding further.

The airline now operates at least two routes flying out of Toronto's Pearson International Airport - one to the Saudi capital city of Riyadh, the other to the city of Jeddah.

The U.S. continues to support respect for freedoms and liberties, "including dissent and due process", the department said on Twitter.

"Canada stands together with the Badawi family in this hard time, and we continue to strongly call for the release of both Raif and Samar Badawi".

It's not the first time Saudi Arabia has lashed out diplomatically over the Badawi case.

Vice Provost Patti McDougall said in an interview Tuesday only nine students from the kingdom are registered for classes in 2018-19, but they suspect the number who were planning to return was much higher.

Saudi Arabia's state airliner has suspended its direct flights to Toronto after Canada called for the release of detained activists for civil society and women's rights.

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The next day, the Canadian foreign ministry called for their "immediate release".

Human rights groups reported that Ms Badawi was also detained last week, along with fellow women's rights campaigner Nassima al-Sadah.

According to State, the USA has asked Saudi Arabia for more information about the detentions, and to publicize details about the status of legal cases.

Saudi Arabia's main state wheat buying agency has told grains exporters it will no longer buy Canadian wheat and barley in its worldwide tenders, European traders said on Tuesday, as a diplomatic dispute between the two countries escalates.

"I think the students are in shock right now.they haven't really understood what will happen and what their next steps are", she added.

Analysts say the dispute between Riyadh and Ottawa shows Saudi Arabia won't accept any outside criticism and will continue flexing its muscles overseas, especially as the kingdom enjoys a closer relationship with President Donald Trump.

Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Monday expressed support for Saudi Arabia in its diplomatic dispute with Canada.

Doug Wilson-Hodge, manager of corporate affairs for General Dynamics, said Tuesday that the company won't comment because the matter is between Ottawa and Saudi Arabia. But Qatar, which is locked in a diplomatic rift with Saudi Arabia and other neighbors 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.

The ministry recalled its ambassador to Canada for consultations and declared the Canadian ambassador persona non grata, giving him 24 hours to leave.

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