Saudi airline stops flights to Canada amid escalating diplomatic row

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KSA gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country, in an abrupt rupture of relations over what it slammed as "interference" in its internal affairs.

Following Saudi Arabia's expulsion of the Canadian ambassador after Canada called for the release of jailed civil rights activists, the kingdom has now suspended scholarships for about 16,000 students studying here.

In the meantime, the Saudi Ministry of Media tweeted they shut down the account until an investigation in the complaints finalised. Maybe a president who prioritizes fighting terror without apology is just the guy to deal with this.

2, Chrystia Freeland, Canada's foreign minister, sent out a tweet regarding human rights in the Middle East kingdom.

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The two other signatories to the 2015 pact - Russian Federation and China - also continue to support it. There have been protests in Iran against rising prices, and the government has responded firmly.


'Canada will always stand up for human rights, in Canada and around the world, and women's rights are human rights, ' Freeland told an audience in Vancouver. "The Embassy of Canada to Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh, continues its regular operations, including consular services", the statement added.

Samar Badawi is a famed women's right activist and is the sister of Raif Badawi, a blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years for insulting Islam by a Saudi Arabian court in 2014.

While there were no official comments by the Canadian government on the post, the image was widely shared by Canadian and western media.

Prince Mohammed, heir to the region's most powerful throne, has introduced a string of reforms such as lifting a decades-long ban on women drivers in a bid to overhaul the kingdom's austere image.

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Canadian authorities said they are "seriously concerned" about Saudi Arabia's freeze of new trade between the countries.

A number of rights campaigners, including award-winning gender rights activist Samar Badawi, have been arrested in the kingdom.

The report also said all Saudi Arabian students now studying in Canada will be transferred to other countries.

'There isn't a strong bilateral trade relationship and poking the Trudeau government likely resonates with Saudi's hawkish regional allies.

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The Saudi students are part of a cohort of 1,200 worldwide students at UPEI.

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