Saudi Arabia selling off Canadian assets

Elias Hubbard
August 8, 2018

In a statement on August 5, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it would expel the Canadian Ambassador and freeze all new trade and investments because of Canada's "interference in the Kingdom's domestic affairs".

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

In the aftermath of the Saudi Arabia-Canada row, which was sparked by the detainment of human right activists by Saudi authorities in Riyadh, the kingdom has now suspended the scholarships of 16,000 of its students studying in Canada, further ordering them to leave the country and attend schools elsewhere.

"7, 2018, Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO) can no longer accept milling wheat or feed barley cargoes of Canadian origin to be supplied", the notice to grain traders said.

He added that Saudi Arabia has taken action in order to explain to Canada that it has not accepted its stance, which was based on misinformation.

Saudi Arabia's national airline suspended flights to and from Toronto on Tuesday. The Saudi government has also stopped all medical treatment programs in Canada and moved Saudi scholarship recipients to other countries.

The fallout continues in the diplomatic dust-up between Canada and Saudi Arabia, with Riyadh issuing a laundry list of edicts to show its displeasure with criticism from Global Affairs Canada.

The unusually harsh response comes after Canada's diplomatic department tweeted denouncing and demanding the immediate release of human rights activists detained, including the sister of jailed blogger Raif Badawi in the kingdom.

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