Canada asks for help in dispute with Saudi Arabia

13 August, 2018, 03:29 | Author: Carlos George
  • Saudi Arabia Says It Wants to Modernize—But Criticism Still Strikes a Nerve

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday that his nation would continue diplomatic talks with Saudi Arabia but wouldn't back down on raising human rights issues.

According to the Alberta government, 233 global students studying in the province listed Saudi Arabia as their country of citizenship from 2016-2017, and that about 130 of those students are studying at the U of A, with 50 of them completing their medical residency.

Further straining ties, the Saudi central bank has instructed its overseas asset managers to dispose of their Canadian equities, bonds and cash holdings "no matter the cost", the Financial Times reported.

"We believe that Saudi Arabia, which has taken the path of massive social and economic transformations, has a full sovereign right to determine how to move forward in this important area".

The International Society for Human Rights (IGFM) based in Frankfurt said that Germany and the European Union must not remain passive in the dispute, German Press Agency dpa reported Friday.

In a tweet sent on August 2, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland expressed alarm that Saudi Arabia had imprisoned human rights activist Samar Badawi.

The kingdom was angry at Ottawa for openly denouncing a crackdown on rights activists in Saudi Arabia.

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Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir two days ago ruled out any mediation efforts and said the kingdom was considering taking more measures against Canada for interfering in Saudi Arabia's domestic affairs.

Ukraine is a major exporter of barley to Saudi Arabia, but the wheat is not sold in this country in 2016.

"We are studying the possible implications of this situation and its possible impact on current or proposed transactions between SNC-Lavalin Group companies and customers controlled by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia", the company said.

"Russia has refused and continues to refuse any attempt to politicize human rights issues", said the Press Secretary for Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.

Saudi Arabia has a legal system based on Islamic Sharia Law derived from the Qur'an and Sunnah has been harshly criticised for its treatment of women and minorities.

"Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together". "I respect the rights of individual countries to make the right decisions and speak for themselves".

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