Canada Canada waiting for details from Saudi Arabia: Freeland

04:10  07 august  2018
04:10  07 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

Canada not clear yet on Saudi retaliation

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Saudi Arabia has said it is freezing all new trade with Canada and expelling its ambassador over its "interference" in the kingdom's domestic affairs. What did Canada say? Image copyright AFP. Image caption Chrystia Freeland called for the release of The details of life in a refugee camp. Video.

Move comes as US asks Riyadh for more details on detention of human rights activists that sparked diplomatic row. Saudi Arabia expels Canadian envoy for urging activists' release. On Monday, Canada ’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland , said in her first response to Riyadh expelling the

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VANCOUVER - Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Ottawa will have to wait to hear more details from Saudi Arabia before it responds to the country's decision to freeze new trade deals and expel Canada's ambassador.

Freeland says it's "premature" to comment on the status of Canada's arms deal with Saudi Arabia or the economic consequences of the move, adding that she's waiting for more specifics from the country.

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While Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Ottawa will wait to hear more details from Saudi Arabia before responding to the country's decision to freeze new trade deals and expel Canada 's ambassador, she defended Canada 's position, insisting Ottawa will always stand up for human rights.

In her first public response to Saudi Arabia 's actions, foreign minister Chrystia Freeland said, "Let me be very clear On Monday, Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir again criticised Canada 's calls to free arrested civil 8/8. A Saudi woman waits for coffee on the commute in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia .

She also says there's nothing new about Canada's support for human rights.

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Freeland's comments come a day after Saudi Arabia made the decision in retaliation to a Global Affairs Canada's tweet that expressed concerned about the arrests of civil society and women's rights activists in the country.

Saudi Arabia's move to freeze new trade deals could threaten Canada's $15-billion arms deal that includes providing armoured vehicles to the country.

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

Freeland defends Canada's stance on Saudi Arabia amid sanctions .
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada isn’t backing down from its position that led to diplomatic sanction from Saudi Arabia. Freeland made the comments Monday afternoon in Vancouver a day after Saudi Arabia announced it would cease new trade deals with Canada and expel the Canadian ambassador."I will say Canada is very comfortable with our position. We are always going to speak up for human rights; we're always going to speak up for women's rights; and that is not going to change," she told a news conference.

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