Explainer: Saudi Arabia's diplomatic dispute with Canada

Charlene Craig
August 8, 2018

But she said: "At the same time, we hope that Saudi Arabia and Canada will find a civilized solution to their differences".

The displaced Canadian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, who was given 24 hours to leave the country, has a lengthy diplomatic career.

Since rising to power in 2015, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has courted Western allies by offering to buy billions of dollars worth of arms.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia put a man to death on a cross in the holy city of Mecca on Wednesday, while waging a public relations battle to call out alleged human rights violations in Canada.

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Russian Federation has said that Saudi Arabia has the right to reject Canada's interference and to express its annoyance at the "commanding tone" coming from a perceived position of moral superiority.

The University of Waterloo says they have 84 students from Saudi Arabia enrolled and the majority of them are working on graduate programs.

Saudi Arabia, ruled by its interpretation of Islamic law, rarely carries out crucifixions, but capital punishment remains common. We are going to continue to enunciate what we believe are the appropriate ways of dealing with citizens, " Finance Minister Bill Morneau said on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia is considering additional measures against Canada amid reports it plans to unload its holdings of Canadian stocks and bonds as a dispute over women's rights activists intensifies.

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European traders said Saudi Arabia's main state wheat buying agency, the Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO), has told grains exporters it will no longer accept Canadian-origin grains in its global purchase tenders. Saudi state airline Saudi said it was suspending flights to and from Toronto.

"We have very strong trading relationships around the world", he said.

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

Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, that Ottawa knew what it needed to do to "fix its big mistake". Last year, the kingdom also recalled its ambassador to Germany following a testy exchange with that country's foreign affairs minister over Saudi Arabia's military presence in Yemen.

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