Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

Canadian PM refuses to apologise on rights defence in S Arabia spat

Saudi Arabia Says It Wants to Modernize—But Criticism Still Strikes a Nerve A spat between Saudi Arabia and Canada escalated after the Canadian Foreign Minister called for the release of women’s-rights activistsMore
Deanna Wagner | 13 August, 2018, 03:31

A trip package can cost around CAN$15,000 and Omar Alghabra of the Canadian Foreign Affairs Ministry said there is a lot of "legitimate anxiety".

The consultancy said Germany and Poland were the leading wheat exporters to Saudi Arabia but poor weather could hit their exportable surplus this year.

Over a hundred Saudi students studying at the University of Alberta could be affected by the political tension between Canada and Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia's diplomatic dispute with Canada over its arrest of women's rights activists will not affect the ultraconservative kingdom's oil sales to Canadian customers, the Saudi energy minister said Thursday.

Noting that he doesn't think that it's "a big surprise for anyone" that Canada remains firm in its defense of human rights, Trudeau added that he will never "impose on another country what their reaction should be or what their responses should be", implicitly making a dig at Saudi Arabia's reaction to his own country's comments. Instead, he explained that "Canada will always speak strongly and clearly in private and public on questions of human rights".

He added that Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and Freeland had spoken by phone on Tuesday and those conversations are expected to continue.

The tactics used against Canada aren't new for Saudi Arabia. "They need to resolve it together", US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told a briefing on Wednesday.

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The 140-character limit, or 280 in some cases, is not enough to allow for the level of nuance that is required in diplomatic relations and tweets may not be subjected to the same rigorous review process, including sign off by the ambassador, that an official statement would be, he said.

"Canada stands together with the Badawi family in this hard time, and we continue to strongly call for the release of both Raif and Samar Badawi", Freeland tweeted.

In March 2015, Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador from Stockholm over criticism by the Swedish foreign minister of Riyadh's human rights record.

"We're working to fully understand the measures they might take", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter.

Earlier this year, Bloomberg News reported that Saudi Arabia was scaling back its dealings with some German companies amid a diplomatic spat with Berlin.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau backed Freeland.