Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador and suspending new trade with Canada

Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador and suspending new trade with Canada

Saudi Arabia announced that it would not engage in any new trade dealings with Canada in response to Ottawa's call for the release of women's rights activists.

Freeland would only tell reporters Monday that the Canadian ambassador is "fine" and would not disclose his location.

The first source said Canada shared the view of foreign policy experts who believe the Saudi reaction reflected internal strains inside the kingdom, where 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is trying to push through domestic reforms.

A weekend story by KTW that said TRU could lose one-tenth of its global students due to Saudi Arabia cutting off relationships with Canada and ordering its students to return home was wrong.

While both countries are friends of the USA, "both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a media briefing later Tuesday.

The Amnesty spokeswoman noted a ban on women drivers was lifted in June, but that a number of activists who campaigned for the right to drive were arrested and face up to 20 years in prison.

Raif Badawi was arrested in 2012 for running a blog that promoted free speech and women's rights in Saudi Arabia.

Guido Steinberg, a Middle East expert at the German Institute for worldwide and Security Affairs, believes there are two reasons why Saudi Arabia has reacted so harshly to the statements from the Canadian Foreign Ministry.

"The only class of wheat that Canada still exports to the region is durum but even that is not that much". Saudi Arabia supplies oil to the Irving refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick.

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Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday that Canada would not be cowed by Saudi actions.

Germany recently also learned of Saudi Arabia's displeasure of foreign criticism when its diplomats criticized the war in Yemen.

One Middle Eastern grain consultant said the decision was not a great loss to Canada, though.

"I don't think it will worsen the situation because very often when we make evident unjust imprisonments, like the case of Samar Badawi, that increases their protection and increases pressure on the government", she said in an interview Monday.

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.

The feud between Saudi Arabia and Canada continues to escalate.

The issue that led to this diplomatic impasse involves Saudi police arresting human-rights activist Samar Badawi and others last week. In response, Canada pledged to continue advocating human rights.

Riyadh has also stopped all medical treatment programmes in Canada and is co-ordinating for the transfer of all Saudi patients from Canadian hospitals to other hospitals outside Canada, the Saudi press agency reported early on Wednesday.

"Saudi Arabia simply can not afford to alienate any other sections of the global community in the midst of its unpopular military engagement in Yemen, its indirect confrontation with Iran", commentator Jamal Khashoggi wrote in the Washington Post.

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