Saudi Arabia blocks flights from Canada

Saudi Arabia blocks flights from Canada

The Saudi-Canadian trade consists largely of Saudi exports of petrochemicals, plastics and other products. The loss will have a "negligible impact on our bottom line", Weeks said Tuesday.

On Sunday, the Saudi foreign ministry said it had given the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country and recalled its own ambassador to Canada.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said in a tweet on Monday that he stands with Saudi Arabia in "defending its sovereignty and laws".

Badawi has been targeted by Saudi officials for years due to her activism.

The Saudi foreign ministry has also launched special operations room to follow up with Saudi students in Canada following measures to transfer them from the country's universities.

"Both sides need to diplomatically solve this together".

Asked Tuesday about the tensions, European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said "we have been seeking clarification from Saudi authorities" over the arrests since May.

Saudi Arabian Airlines says it will suspend all flights to and from Toronto as part of an ongoing dispute between the Saudi Arabian government and officials in the Trudeau government in Ottawa.

All Saudi Arabian students now studying in Canada will be transferred to other countries.

Paul said the Saudi government knows there are serious human rights violations in the country.

Later, airline Saudia suspended all flights to and from Toronto and Riyadh said it will relocate the thousands of Saudi students studying in Canada.

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

The Middle Eastern nation has also frozen all new trade and investment with Canada, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

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Another source said Canada will be turning to its old ally the United Kingdom for help, which has appealed for calm. The Saudi government funds the tuition of many of those students.

The rupture, which underscores a newly aggressive foreign policy led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, comes after Canada denounced a new crackdown on women and human rights campaigners in the kingdom.

Freeland said Monday in Vancouver that there was "nothing new or novel" about Canada's long-standing position on human rights around the world, and that Ottawa is awaiting more details from the kingdom before responding further.

"We're waiting for answers on how Saudi Arabia intends to go forward with the relationship", she said.

Amnesty International has said Badawi, the sister of jailed blogger Raif Badawi, was recently detained along with Nassima al-Sada, another prominent female activist.

On one hand, it would be a bad scenario to cancel the arms deals, but on the other, many human rights groups have criticized Canada's decision to sell armoured vehicles to a regime with a "horrible human rights record", Juneau said.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chrystia Freeland called for the release of Samar Badawi and her brother Raif Why were the women's rights activists arrested in the first place?

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

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