Canada Saudi Airlines to suspend Canadian flights

16:10  07 august  2018
16:10  07 august  2018 Source:

Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador

  Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador"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.

Saudi Arabia’s state airline has suspended flights to and from Toronto, escalating the diplomatic row between the The Saudi government also banned new trade with Canada , although it was unclear if it would affect existing annual Saudi - Canadian trade of nearly bn and a bn defence contract.

Over the weekend, Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador from Canada and gave the Canadian envoy 24 hours to leave the country in response to Ottawa’s statements in defense of human rights activists detained in the kingdom.

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' move comes two days after the national government suspended all new trade agreements with Canada, recalled its own ambassador and gave Canada's chief diplomat 24 hours to leave the country.

Saudi Arabia says its responding to a tweet from Ottawa's Global Affairs ministry calling for the "immediate release" of jailed human rights activists in the country, comments Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has defended.

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.

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