Saudi suspends flights to Canada ahead of Hajj

by Garry Watts August 8, 2018, 0:37
Saudi suspends flights to Canada ahead of Hajj

Saudia said it would be temporarily stopping inbound and outbound flights to Toronto Pearson International Airport - the only Canadian destination it serves - from August 13.

The feud between Canada and Saudi Arabia has escalated quickly since it began Friday, when Canada's Ministry of Foreign Affairs raised concerns about the kingdom's human-rights record following the arrests of several prominent human-rights activists.

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

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".

On Monday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir criticized Canada's calls to free arrested civil society activists as a position built on "misleading" information. Raif's wife Ensaf Haidar and their three children moved to Canada and became Canadian citizens earlier this year.

McTeague said the risk of Saudi Arabia causing gas prices to rise is minimal - even locally in New Brunswick - given the "very robust market" globally for crude and Irving Oil's allocation to the US northeast.

The kingdom will suspend educational exchange programs with Canada and move Saudi scholarship recipients to other countries, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya reported on Monday.

The Shura Council in Bahrain, the kingdom's highest legislative body, also issued a statement condemning Canada's interference in Saudi's affairs.

Saudi Arabia has also ordered roughly 15,000 Saudis studying in Canada to leave.

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Ms Badawi's brother was arrested in 2012 for criticism of the regime, and was subjected to 50 lashings in 2015.

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

Mr Alzayani criticised Canada's statements and unsubstantiated allegations that he said violate the worldwide diplomatic norms and represent a flagrant and unacceptable interference in the internal affairs and encroach on the United Nations charter, the Bahrain News Agency reported.

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

"It's something that we do", Freeland said.

"Saudi Arabia is shooting itself in the foot".

The Foreign Ministry also withdrew the Saudi ambassador to Canada and declared the Canadian ambassador to Saudi Arabia "persona non grata", expelling him.

Freeland would only tell reporters Monday that the Canadian ambassador is "fine" and would not disclose his location.

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