Canada Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador

04:25  06 august  2018
04:25  06 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

Saudi Airlines to suspend Canadian flights

  Saudi Airlines to suspend Canadian flights TORONTO - The rift between the federal government and Saudi Arabia has prompted the country's state airline to suspend operations in Canada. Saudi Airlines issued a tweet early Tuesday saying flights to and from Canada would be suspended starting August 13. Saudi Arabia operates at least two routes to the country, both of which depart from Toronto. Transport Canada did not immediately respond to request for comment on the decision. Saudi Airlines' Saudi Airlines issued a tweet early Tuesday saying flights to and from Canada would be suspended starting August 13.

Riyadh halts fresh trade ties and accuses Ottawa of ‘blatant interference’ in its affairs.

Saudi Arabia says it is ordering Canada 's ambassador to leave the country and freezing all new trade and investment transactions with Canada in a spat over human rights.

OTTAWA - Saudi Arabia said Sunday it is ordering Canada's ambassador to leave the country and freezing all new trade and investment transactions with Canada in a spat over human rights.

"We consider the Canadian ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours," Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry said on Twitter.

And the ministry said Saudi Arabia is recalling its ambassador to Canada in a dispute that appears to be over a tweet on Friday from Global Affairs Canada.

"Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia, including Samar Badawi. We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful human rights activists," the Canadian tweet said.

Canada not clear yet on Saudi retaliation

  Canada not clear yet on Saudi retaliation OTTAWA - A federal official says Canada remains unclear about the measures Saudi Arabia is taking in response to Canadian criticism of its human rights policies. The official says Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke with her Saudi counterpart Tuesday in part to get clarity about the measures, including one report that said Saudi banks and pension funds had been ordered to sell off their Canadian assets. Saudi Arabia has not confirmed that report, and the official — who spoke on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter — says a full understanding of their plans remains elusive.

Updated: August 5, 2018 8:16 pm. Saudi Arabia expels Canada ’s ambassador , freezes trade with Ottawa. Samar Badawi is the sister-in-law of Raif Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar, who lives in Quebec and recently became a Canadian citizen.

Saudi Arabia has expelled Canada 's Ambassador following a human rights row (Image: DAILYEXPRESS). The Canadian Ambassador was also declared persona non grata, and issued 24 hours to leave the country.

The Saudi foreign ministry called the use of "immediately release" in Canada's tweet "unfortunate, reprehensible, and unacceptable in relations between states."

It called Canada's characterization of the activists "an incorrect claim" and called Canada's attitude "surprising."

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

Global Affairs Canada told The Canadian Press on Sunday night it was aware of the issue but offered no immediate comment.

Saudi Arabia also said it was freezing all new trade and investment transactions with Canada and "reserves its right to take further action."

It said it will not accept any form of interference in its internal affairs and considers the Canadian position "an attack" requiring a firm stance to deter who "attempts to undermine the sovereignty of the KSA."

Saudi Arabia reassures Canada on oil supplies as dispute drags on .
Saudi Arabia reassures Canada on oil supplies as dispute drags onThe world's largest oil exporter has a "firm and long-standing policy" that petroleum supplies are not influenced by political considerations, Khalid al-Falih said in a statement.

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