Saudi Shuts Down Photo of Plane Attacking Canada Icon Amid Spat

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Saudi Arabia's national carrier Saudia has suspended flights to and fro Toronto as a diplomatic row between the Middle Eastern kingdom and Canada continued.

The official Twitter account of Global Affairs Canada also sent out a tweet, on Friday, Aug. 3: "Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women's rights activists in #SaudiArabia, including Samar Badawi".

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir countered shortly after in an Arabic tweet saying the "surprising Canadian position is based on inaccurate information, the arrests are subject to our judicial systems that guarantee their rights".

In response, the Saudi government has expelled Canada's ambassador from the country and frozen all new trade with Canada.

Badawi's wife Ensaf Haidar has been granted asylum by Canada, where she is raising their three children.

Mr Al Yami said Saudi Arabia conducted all the necessary legal procedures as dictated by its own law.

The diplomatic dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia escalated extremely quickly and could take an intervention by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to cool down, former foreign affairs minister Peter MacKay says.

One European trader said it was not clear if the decision involved only new purchases or delivery of previously agreed contracts.

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In recent months Saudi Arabia has lifted a ban on women driving, but it has also arrested activists, including more than a dozen high-profile campaigners for women's rights.

The Saudi foreign ministry ordered Canada's ambassador, Dennis Horak, to leave the country and called the use of "immediately release" in Canada's tweet "unfortunate, reprehensible, and unacceptable in relations between states".

The move comes with the kingdom still locked in a bitter dispute with Canada after Ottawa criticised Riyadh's jailing of women's rights activists.

Paul stressed the situation is worse when the government does what it wants in secret and is not singled out for alleged human rights violations. Matt Pascuzzo said the Canadian government is in constant contact with Saudi Arabia and still waiting to get all the facts from the Saudis.

A Saudi government source told The Globe and Mail that more than 15,000 Saudis were studying in Canada on government-funded courses or grants. At jeopardy are the. thousands of Saudi students in Canada'.

Canadian exports to Saudi Arabia totaled about $1.12 billion in 2017, or 0.2 percent of the total value of Canadian exports.

"These countries are able to host the students, and we at the ministry are committed to facilitating the students' transfers so they can easily complete their education", he said.

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