(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.
- Video: Chrystia Freeland Defends Canada’s Stance on Saudi Arabia Amid Sanctions (CBC)
- ‘Blatant Interference’: Saudi Arabia Freezing New Trade, Expelling Canadian Ambassador (CTV News)
- Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Ambassador Over Criticism of Arrests (Al Jazeera)
- Saudi Arabia’s Bold Move Has Nothing to Do With Canada (Globe & Mail)
- Saudi Arabia Assails Canada Over Rights Criticism, Sending Message to West (New York Times)