Saudi Arabia Cuts Trade Ties With Canada Following Diplomatic Row

Saudi Press Agency

Pain at the gas pumps will not be an issue if escalating tensions between Ottawa and Saudi Arabia result in the oil-rich Gulf state halting Canada-bound shipments of its most famous export, according to a leading petroleum industry expert.

Saudi state airline Saudia also announced Monday that it would suspend flights to and from Toronto starting August 13. Countries in the Middle East are not exactly known for men supporting women in living their best lives.

Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry responded to the online plea to release human rights campaigners saying it's a breach of sovereignty.

Canada says it does not know what will happen to a $13bn defence contract to sell Canadian-made General Dynamics Corp armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia.

Plans to relocate 7,000 students and their families in Canada to other countries, primarily the United States and Britain, were already underway, education ministry official Jassem al-Harbash said.

Thirty-four Saudi students enrolled for the upcoming academic season starting in September are also expected to be affected.

On Monday, Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir again criticised Canada's calls to free arrested civil society activists as a position built on "misleading" information.

Not surprisingly, Bahrain and the UAE have joined Saudi Arabia's side of the argument. It follows Ottawa's rebuke of Riyadh for the arrest of a number of human rights activists.

"We are gathering that information right now to determine how many are sponsored under this particular program", said Darling. Saudi Arabia has supported rebels in Syria who are losing a war against President Bashar Assad and its military become bogged down by the bloody and costly war it is waging in neighboring Yemen. Samar's brother, Raif Badawi, is a blogger who was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for criticizing the Saudi clerics, for which he was convicted of "insulting Islam".

In April, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his "serious concern" over the continued jailing of Raif Badawi to Saudi King Salman.

'Canada will always stand up for human rights, in Canada and around the world, and women's rights are human rights, ' Freeland told an audience in Vancouver. Saudi authorities accused Ottawa of interfering with its internal affairs. At jeopardy are the. thousands of Saudi students in Canada'.

As a result of the Canadian government tweets, Saudi Arabia expelled Canada's ambassador to the country, Dennis Horak, and recalled its envoy in Canada. "We're always going to speak up for woman's rights and that's not going to change", she said, adding that it wasn't the first time Canada has spoken out about human rights in Saudi Arabia", she said.

Since then, the Saudis have reportedly stopped accepting grain that originated in Canada and Saudi air flights have been cancelled to and from Toronto.

Yes. In 2015, Riyadh recalled its ambassador to Sweden and stopped issuing work visas for Swedes after the European Union member country's foreign minister described a court decision related to Raif Badawi as "medieval" and the kingdom's ruling Al Saud family as presiding over a "dictatorship".

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