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Saudi Arabia Expelling Canadian Ambassador, Freezing Trade With Canada

(Steven Chase – Globe & Mail)

Saudi Arabia has expelled Canada’s ambassador and frozen new trade deals with this country in a growing dispute over the Canadian government’s criticism of human-rights violations in the Islamic kingdom.

This comes in the wake of statements by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and her department last week where Ottawa called on the Saudis to release arrested civil-rights activists and signalled concern at a new crackdown in the Mideast country.

In public statements on Sunday, Riyadh gave Canadian ambassador Dennis Horak 24 hours to leave the country and recalled its own envoy.

The Saudis said they will “put on hold all new business and investment transactions with Canada while retaining its right to take further action.” Click here to read more.