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Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Ambassador, To Withdraw Students From Canada Over Women's Rights Criticism
Sources told Reuters news agency that Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will most likely turn to the UAE for assistance, after Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic and trade ties with Canada.
In a tweet from Saudi Airlines, the suspension will come into effect on August 13. The university also didn't know how numerous Saudi students are in Windsor during the summer break.
Saudi Arabia moved Sunday to expel the Canadian ambassador from Riyadh and declared a freeze on all new trade deals between the two countries, following Canada's demand that the Saudis free women's rights activists and others arrested in the Kingdom. 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.
Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia "will deal with any interference decisively", dismissing Canada's position as "built on misleading information", in a statement carried by state media.
Mohammad bin Abdullah al-Zulfi, a Saudi political analyst and former member of the country's Shura Council, a government advisory body, said he is proud of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his government's response to Canada.
In a sign of the escalating situation, Riyadh also ordered Saudi students studying in Canada out of the country.
Canada has said it's alarmed by the move out of Saudi Arabia, but has not walked back the comments that apparently prompted the row in the first place.
Saudi Arabia is pulling thousands of Saudi students out of Canada in retaliation after a Canadian official criticized the country's human rights record.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry took exception to the use of the term "immediately release", calling it "unfortunate, reprehensible, and unacceptable in relations between states".
"We can't do it for them", she said.
Amnesty International noted Ms Badawi has been repeatedly targeted and interrogated by Saudi security forces for her human rights activist.
"We have very strong trading relationships around the world", he said. Ms. Nauert noted the Americans have a "regular dialogue with the government of Saudi Arabia on human rights and other issues".
The dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia stems from a tweet from Global Affairs Canada which called for the immediate release of jailed blogger Raif Badawi and his sister Samar. The Saudi government funds the tuition of many of those students.
Yesterday, Saudi Arabia's official Twitter account tweeted and then deleted a photo of an Air Canada jet heading straight for the Toronto skyline. 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 Saud family as presiding over a "dictatorship". On the one hand, the Saudi leadership has become "insecure" and "paranoid", he told DW, but it is also possible that the "Saudis have had enough of Western criticism".
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