Canada Canada not clear yet on Saudi retaliation

18:41  09 august  2018
18:41  09 august  2018 Source:

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.

Saudi Arabia's diplomatic retaliation against Canada is likely the result of several factors, analysts say, including Riyadh's thin skin, its frustration with Ottawa, and its Crown prince's penchant for a muscle-flexing foreign policy that seeks to make one thing clear : Criticism won't be tolerated.

Canada on Monday refused to back down in its defense of human rights after Saudi Arabia froze new trade and investment and expelled the Canadian ambassador in retaliation for Ottawa’s call to free arrested Saudi civil society activists.

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.

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.

By tweeting for everyone to see, rather than conducting traditional closed-door diplomacy, Canada has been hurt by Saudi Arabia's retaliation with nothing to show for it. A former Canadian ambassador to Saudi Arabia asked how this tweet helped anyone in Saudi Arabia or anyone in Canada , and found

Saudi Arabia said it will keep tightening the noose on Canada for criticizing the recent arrests of women's rights activists.The kingdom's foreign minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, said the next wave of retaliatory steps could affect investment flows between the countries.

The official says Freeland made clear to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir that Canada's foreign policy is to express its position publicly, not just behind closed doors.

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Freeland has also discussed the situation with counterparts in Sweden and Germany, but hasn't yet connected with anyone in the U.S. or the U.K., which have so far not expressed public support for Canada's position.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia suspended diplomatic ties with Canada and expelled the Canadian ambassador after Freeland and her department issued tweets criticizing the arrest of social activists and asking for their immediate release.

Canada’s dispute with Saudi Arabia has agriculture industry on edge .
Market access is not a new problem for the grain industry and this latest tiff with Saudi Arabia adds to the struggle."The consequences are quite negative extensively, everywhere," says business manager John Van Hierden.

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