Canada asks for help in dispute with Saudi Arabia

Pakistan supports Saudi Arabia in diplomatic row with Canada

On Thursday, Pakistan confirmed its full support to Saudi Arabia in its defense of its sovereignty and rejection of interference in the internal affairs of any country.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced "the freezing of all new trade and investment dealings with Canada and retaining its right to take further action".

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir speaks during a news conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia August 8, 2018. That, the Saudi government said, was meddling in its domestic affairs and would not be tolerated.

Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland is joined by High Representative for the European Union's Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini prior to a reception at the Royal Ontario Museum on the first day of meetings for foreign ministers from G7 countries in Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 22, 2018.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has indicated he will not withdraw Canada's criticism of the kingdom over the arrest of several social activists last week, nor will he apologize for expressing human rights concerns.

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Moe said Canada has recently seen challenges in its relationship with India, China and now Saudi Arabia.

Anne Bailey, a spokesperson for the U of A, said the university isn't publically commenting on the decision by Saudi Arabia at this time.

"We are studying the possible implications of this situation and its possible impact on current or proposed transactions between SNC-Lavalin Group companies and customers controlled by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia", the company said.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.

A diplomatic spat between Canada and Saudi Arabia may end up affecting a Saskatoon-based business.

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Washington "must give up the misguided notion that our relationship can be asymmetrical", he said in the opinion piece. On Friday, he said the country had to take steps in answer "to those who have waged an economic war against us".


"Diplomatic talks continue", he said.

"Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together".

"We should lead by example with them, not sort of bludgeon our trading partners with our Canadian principles".

Speaking to reporters in Montreal on Wednesday Trudeau sought to downplay the lack of support his government has received from Western allies. On the possible sale of assets by major Saudi investors, Morneau said he couldn't confirm that any such thing is underway.

"I think people understand that in today's world there are a broad range of communications tools available to individuals, to countries, to share messages, to make statements", he said.

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