Saudi Arabia’s state airline will suspend its Canadian operations

Saudi Arabia’s state airline will suspend its Canadian operations

Saudi Arabia’s state airline will suspend its Canadian operations

"Canadians expect our foreign policy to be driven by and to embody Canadian values, and that is how we intend to continue our foreign policy". Saudi Arabia announced it was suspending future trade with Canada and severing diplomatic ties.

Saudi state airline Saudia also announced Monday that it would suspend flights to and from Toronto starting August 13.

The state airline operates at least two routes flying from Toronto.

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.

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. Samar is a vocal campaigner for her brother Raif Badawi, a blogger who was arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

The move followed the Kingdom's announcement yesterday that it was expelling the Canadian ambassador and had recalled its envoy while freezing all new trade, in protest at Ottawa's vigorous calls for the release of jailed activists.


Media reports also suggest Saudi Arabia may cancel thousands of scholarships for students now attending school in Canada.

In the statement, the ministry said, "Oman is following the current political situation between Saudi Arabia and Canada and affirms its position of not interfering in the internal affairs of other countries". Freeland declined to comment on Horak's exact location and would only say he was doing fine. Matt Pascuzzo said the Canadian government is in constant contact with Saudi Arabia and still waiting to get all the facts from the Saudis.

Freeland added that The Embassy of Canada to Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh will continue its regular operations, including consular services.

There could be a sentiment among allies that, "Finally the Trudeau government is getting poked back in the eye by the Saudis". "And by hitting Canada - which is big enough to matter but small enough not to be a risk to Saudi - he sends a message elsewhere", Kliment said.

He said that the authorities in Saudi Arabia made it clear that those arrested committed legal violations that necessitated law enforcement.

Saudi Arabian crude and equivalents accounted for just nine per cent of Canada's crude imports in 2016, according to figures from Natural Resources Canada.

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