Saudi dispute not expected to have much impact on TRU after all

  • Saudi dispute not expected to have much impact on TRU after all

Saudi dispute not expected to have much impact on TRU after all

If the Saudi government follows through on the decision, it's believed that many students in Canada will seek placement at universities in the United States and United Kingdom.

Describing both countries as "friends" and "partners" of the US, the State Department on Tuesday called on both countries to resolve the issue "diplomatically".

The photo was posted after tensions between Saudi Arabia and Canada erupted this week over the the Trudeau government's call to release jailed Saudi women's rights activists.

In response, the Saudi government has expelled Canada's ambassador from the country and frozen all new trade with Canada.

In addition, Saudi Arabia ended direct flights to Canada and sent the Canadian ambassador back to his home country.

"There is a clear, uniquely Saudi dimension to this in the sense that in the last three years Saudi Arabia has been behaving very aggressively and assertively in the Middle East", he said, noting the blockade of Qatar and the war in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia has made several aggresive political moves against Canada over the past few days after the Canadian Foreign Policies Twitter account tweeted concern over the kingdom's human rights abuses.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said in a tweet on Monday that he stands with Saudi Arabia in "defending its sovereignty and laws".

Today is a really good day for the United States to reconsider its seemingly boundless support for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

A Reuters report, quoting a State Department official, said the U.S. has urged the Saudis to respect due process, in the first comments by Washington since the dispute erupted between Riyadh and Ottawa over the arrest of rights campaigners.

"We are gathering that information right now to determine how many are sponsored under this particular program", said Darling.

Saudi Arabia doesn't want to be lectured to by the West and they are delivering the message.

Saudi Arabia notably was angry with Canada for demanding that Riyadh "immediately release" some of the detained activists. Riyadh accused Ottawa on Tuesday of interfering in its internal affairs.

According to the Mail and Globe, which cited Statistics Canada, Canada sold more than $33.7 million (CAD$44-million) worth of barley to Saudi Arabia in 2017. On the one hand, the Saudi leadership has become "insecure" and "paranoid", he told DW, but it is also possible that the "Saudis have had enough of Western criticism".

On Monday, Saudi's foreign ministry recalled its ambassador to Canada for consultations and declared the Canadian ambassador persona non grata, giving him 24 hours to leave.

In Washington on Tuesday, Ms. Nauert balked when asked during a media briefing whether the US government would publicly decry the recent arrest of activists in Saudi Arabia. In 2015, Riyadh recalled its ambassador to Sweden and stopped issuing work visas for Swedes after the European Union member country's foreign minister described the Badawi court decision as "medieval" and the kingdom's ruling Al Saud family as presiding over a "dictatorship".