Canada to ask UK, UAE to help end Saudi Arabia rift
10 August, 2018, 06:02 | Author: Sheila Harris
The diplomatic spat between Canada and Saudi Arabia that has seen the Middle Eastern nation halt all worldwide trade between the two nations is "troubling", a Canadian farm group says, noting the dispute comes amidst rising protectionism in a number of key trading markets.
Later, airline Saudia suspended all flights to and from Toronto and Riyadh said it will relocate the thousands of Saudi students studying in Canada.
Describing both countries as "close partners" of the US, the US State Department on Tuesday referred inquiries about the spat to the Saudi and Canadian foreign ministries.
Officials said they would cover cancellation fees, issue refunds and find alternative flights for stranded travellers, according to a story on the CBC National website.
Saudi Arabia announced on Monday it would be suspending all government-funded scholarships for Saudi students in Canada and would transfer students to other countries, escalating a dispute that started when the Canadian government criticized the Saudi state over human rights.
Sources say the US is the most likely destination for Saudi scholarship students in Canada.
There's a lot of uncertainty for Saudi Arabian students after their country chose to suspend government scholarships for studying in Canada.
"Branding Saudi Arabia as an attractive destination for investment and trade is one of the underlying assumptions of Saudi Vision 2030", said Thomas Juneau, an assistant professor and Middle East expert at the University of Ottawa.
The moves came in retaliation to a Canadian government tweet that said it was "gravely concerned" about the arrests of civil society and women's activists in the Saudi kingdom.
However, despite the potential impact of his government's foreign policy on local schools and students studying in Okanagan, Fuhr said he stands behind Canada's foreign affairs minister.
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The previous Conservative government also had challenges with Riyadh over human rights.
"We are gathering that information right now to determine how many are sponsored under this particular program", said Darling.
How did Saudi Arabia react?
Saudi state media initially claimed the plane tweet was a tribute to the departing ambassador sent by a low level staffer (the Saudi equivalent of the "social media intern" defense).
A Saudi Arabia threat on Monday to carry out a 9/11-style attack on Canada has provoked a huge backlash. He said barley sales to Saudi Arabia make up a significant share of Canadian exports and this market will be hard to replace because of agricultural protectionism around the world.
Critics of the Saudis claim Riyadh is trying to flex its muscles internationally and has overreacted to a comment Friday by Canada's leading foreign affairs agency, Global Affairs Canada.
It went on to "urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful human rights activists".
"We are always going to speak up for human rights, we are always going to speak up for women's rights and that is not going to change", Freeland said.
Saudi Arabia also called backed its ambassador from Ottawa and ordered Canada's chief envoy out of the country. These are just a few diplomatic sanctions Saudi Arabia has imposed on Canada in the wake of a tweet over jailed Saudi activists by Canadian officials. In 2015, Riyadh recalled its ambassador to Sweden and stopped issuing work visas for Swedes after the European Union member country's foreign minister described the Badawi court decision as "medieval" and the kingdom's ruling Al Saud family as presiding over a "dictatorship".
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