Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

U.S. asked Riyadh for details on detention of activists - U.S

U.S. asked Riyadh for details on detention of activists - U.S

Saudi Arabia retaliated Monday by expelling the Canadian ambassador and froze new business with Ottawa as a sign of the kingdom's newly aggressive foreign policy. The loss will have a "negligible impact on our bottom line", Weeks said Tuesday.

A representative with Canada's ministry of global affairs did not immediately have a comment. The Canadian foreign ministry said it was "gravely concerned" about the advocates being detained without cause.

Today is a really good day for the United States to reconsider its seemingly boundless support for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

"I think the students are in shock right now.they haven't really understood what will happen and what their next steps are", she added.

It also has 216 medical residents and fellows from Saudi Arabia who are being trained in hospitals affiliated with the university under a long-standing program.

"Canada will always stand up for the protection of human rights, including women's rights, and freedom of expression around the world".

While department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said US officials have raised human rights concerns with the Saudis in the past, she stressed that Riyadh and Ottawa "need to diplomatically resolve this together". "We can't do it for them", said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

Saudi Arabia's diplomatic spat with Canada prompted a tweet that touched a raw nerve in the kingdom: a photomontage of an Air Canada plane heading toward the iconic CN Tower in Toronto.

Universities across Canada are scrambling to get information after Saudi Arabia suspended scholarships to Canada and planned to relocate its students already in the country. "We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful human rights activists".

In a tweet from Saudi Airlines, the suspension will come into effect on August 13.

With this tweet, the Saudis threatened Canada with similarly harsh rhetoric.

While total trade between Canada and Saudi Arabia averages around $4 billion annually, the market had been considered relatively stable by Canadian grain exporters, notably those who specialize in barley.

His university has 77 undergraduate and graduate students from Saudi Arabia, both new and returning, for the 2018-2019 school year.

According to the Toronto Star, Canada's largest export recently has been armoured tanks and personnel carriers.

Ms Badawi was given the US International Women of Courage Award in 2012 and is known for challenging Saudi Arabia's male guardianship system.

Neighbors and allies Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates said they stood with Riyadh, although they did not announce similar measures.

Another source said Canada would also seek help from Britain. Saudi Arabia supplies oil to the Irving refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick.

The sudden and unexpected dispute bore the hallmarks of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's 32-year-old future leader, whose recent foreign policy exploits include the war in Yemen, the boycott of Qatar and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's surprise resignation broadcast during a visit to the kingdom.

Like this: