Saudi Arabia appears to threaten Canada in Tweet

Saudi Arabia appears to threaten Canada in Tweet

Saudi Arabia appears to threaten Canada in Tweet

The row erupted after Canada came out in support of human and women's rights and called on Saudi Arabia to release human rights activists arrested by Riyadh.

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

Dan McTeague, a senior analyst at the fuel price tracking website GasBuddy, said any such disruption could easily be offset by alternative supply, as Saudi Arabia's oil continues to represent an increasingly small portion of Canada's crude imports.

Freeland late on Monday also tweeted an official statement saying that Canada would "continue to advocate for human rights and for the courageous women and men who push for these fundamental rights around the world".

"Canada will always stand up for the protection of human rights, including women's rights and freedom of expression around the world", she said.

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".

Saudi Airlines tweeted earlier today announcing the suspension. She is also the sister of Raif Badawi, a jailed rights blogger who has gained global recognition. Canadian exports to Saudi Arabia totaled about $1.12 billion in 2017, or 0.2 percent of the total value of Canadian exports.

"All Saudia flights from/to Toronto, Canada will be suspended starting from 13 Aug 2018", the airline wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.

The British government on Tuesday urged Canada and Saudi Arabia to show restraint.

Among the arrested is Samar Badawi, an award-winning women's-rights activist who sought to abolish the country's male-guardianship laws.

The source said Canada had no regrets about speaking out on human rights in Saudi Arabia.

Samar was arrested along with fellow campaigner Nassima al-Sadah last week, the latest victims of what Human Rights Watch called an "unprecedented government crackdown on the women's rights movement".

Mr Alzayani criticised Canada's statements and unsubstantiated allegations that he said violate the worldwide diplomatic norms and represent a flagrant and unacceptable interference in the internal affairs and encroach on the United Nations charter, the Bahrain News Agency reported.

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.

Garry Keller, who was chief of staff to ex-Conservative Foreign Minister John Baird, said the government needed to look at how it could help businesses that might be affected.

Related news



[an error occurred while processing the directive]