Oman issues statement on Saudi-Canada stand-off

Oman issues statement on Saudi-Canada stand-off

Oman issues statement on Saudi-Canada stand-off

Also on Tuesday, the gulf between Ottawa and Saudi Arabia widened to encompass travel as the Middle Eastern country's state airline announced it was suspending operations in Canada.

The row erupted after Canada came out in support of human and women's rights and called on Saudi Arabia to release human rights activists arrested by Riyadh.

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

Canada said it was "seriously concerned" by the escalation but vowed to continue to "stand up for human rights in Canada and around the world".

The Saudi Foreign Ministry took exception to the use of the term "immediately release", calling it "unfortunate, reprehensible, and unacceptable in relations between states". Raif's wife Ensaf Haidar and their three children moved to Canada and became Canadian citizens earlier this year.

Badawi is also the sister of famed blogger Raif Badawi, who has been jailed since 2012 for his writings that were critical of the government and sentenced to 10 years and 1,000 lashes.

Pain at the gas pumps will not be an issue if escalating tensions between Ottawa and Saudi Arabia result in the oil-rich Gulf state halting Canada-bound shipments of its most famous export, according to a leading petroleum industry expert. "In a statement emailed to Global News, Dalhousie said "[the University] values our Saudi students and their contributions to our community.

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Canada's largest refinery in Saint John, N.B., owned by Irving Oil, relies on Saudi Arabia for almost 40 per cent of its crude supply, according 2018 statistics from the National Energy Board.

"Any other attempt to interfere with our internal affairs from Canada, means that we are allowed to interfere in Canada's internal affairs", the Saudi ministry's said.

The news dominated the worldwide headlines and social media, especially in Saudi Arabia, where Saudis launched an Arabic hashtag "السعوديه_تطرد_السفير_الكندي" that literally translates to: "Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador".

When asked about the contract, Freeland said the government "looks forward" to hearing from Riyadh about the future of the deal. It has expelled the Canadian ambassador and recalled its envoy from Ottawa.

Saudi Arabia considers Canada's comments an interference in its affairs that require what it calls a "sharp response".

The rupture, which underscores a newly aggressive foreign policy led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, comes after Canada denounced a new crackdown on women and human rights campaigners in the kingdom.

A handful of Canadian companies operate in Saudi Arabia and could potentially be affected by the ongoing trade battle.

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