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US Weighs In on Saudi-Canada Diplomatic Dispute

US Weighs In on Saudi-Canada Diplomatic Dispute

"We would encourage the government of Saudi Arabia overall to address and respect due process" Ms Nauert said.

Canada's remarks are "an affront to the kingdom that requires a sharp response to prevent any party from attempting to meddle with Saudi sovereignty", the Ministry said in the news release.

Ms Badawi is known for challenging Saudi Arabia's male guardianship system.

Saudi Arabia responded by suspending flights between the two countries, moving thousands of Saudi students studying at Canadian schools and withdrawing the Saudi ambassador to Canada, Reuters reported.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's main wheat buyer, Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO) said in an email sent to Canadian shippers it had halted all purchases of Canadian milling wheat and feed barley.

But the country's reactions don't stop there.

"Saudi Arabia is shooting itself in the foot".

The ministry also announced "the freezing of all new trade and investment transactions with Canada while retaining its right to take further action".

On Tuesday, Finance Minister Bill Morneau appeared to downplay the financial impact of the diplomatic dispute.

"Both Canada and the U.S. lost the Middle East market a long time ago. because they are at a freight disadvantage (with higher ocean shipping costs) to the European Union and Black Sea export markets", the consultant said. In 2014, the Canadian unit of U.S. weapons maker General Dynamics Corp won a contract worth up to $13 billion to build light-armoured vehicles for Saudi Arabia, in what Ottawa said was the largest advanced manufacturing export win in Canadian history.

What has the response been so far, at home and overseas? But last fall, he said, the university had 49 undergraduate and 21 graduate students registered from Saudi Arabia.




On Monday, Freeland doubled down on the position by saying Canadians expect their government's foreign policy to be guided by their values.

'Canada will always stand up for human rights, in Canada and around the world, and women's rights are human rights, ' Freeland told an audience in Vancouver.

"We'll be looking at scholarships, bursaries ... whether there are any opportunities for grants", McDougall said, adding they could look at employment opportunities at the university - a tactic used in the past.

A number of rights campaigners, including award-winning gender rights activist Samar Badawi, have been arrested in the kingdom.

All of which is to say that maybe the United States, 17 years after 9/11 and the missing 28 pages, should really, finally, reconsider its relationship to the repressive, Al Qaeda-dealing Saudi regime.

Saudi neighbours Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have voiced solidarity with Riyadh, according to media reports.

The Saudi government on Sunday recalled its ambassador from Ottawa, barred Canada's ambassador to Riyadh and placed a ban on new trade, denouncing Canada for urging the release of rights activists.

Who is Dennis Horak and where is he now?

Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador, recalled its ambassador to Canada, and put trade deals between the two countries on ice.

When asked about the contract, Freeland said the government "looks forward" to hearing from Riyadh about the future of the deal.

Has this sort of thing ever happened before?