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Saudi Arabia's diplomatic dispute with Canada: An explainer

Saudi Arabia's diplomatic dispute with Canada: An explainer

Many Saudis went onto suggest that Canada should mind its own business in handling their local crisis, or help the indigenous women of Canada instead of interfering in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry added: "The Kingdom views the Canadian position as an affront to the Kingdom that requires a sharp response to prevent any party from attempting to meddle with Saudi sovereignty".

Some analysts perceive the move as both a power play for the kingdom's emerging young leader and a demonstration put on for the benefit of countries with stronger ties to Saudi Arabia than Canada.

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 political activist Samar Badawi was presented with an International Women of Courage Award by Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama in 2012.

Her brother Mr Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for "insulting Islam" online back in 2014. Raif's wife Ensaf Haidar and their three children moved to Canada and became Canadian citizens earlier this year.

"Canada does not understand its place and it tried to impose itself on the Kingdom's policies in its ministry of foreign affairs statement as if to place itself above other countries in the world", he said.

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Canada's economic relationship with Saudi Arabia is not particularly significant to Riyadh, unlike the USA or other Western partner governments, which experts say makes Ottawa an easier target.

Saudi students studying in Canada now have the opportunity to transfer to 18 different countries to continue their studies "without being affected", Saudi Arabia's Deputy Minister of Educationfor Scholarship, General Supervisor of Cultural Attachés Jasser al-Harbash told Al Arabiya English on Tuesday.

The accounts, which are followed by a number of Saudi diplomatic figures, are verified and largely share government announcements and pro-Riyadh messages.

But she's also one of as many as a dozen women arrested in recent months, even as the kingdom's young Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has tried to improve the country's image and taken steps to grant women more freedoms - including drivers' licenses.

Spokesperson Heather Nauert added during a briefing with reporters on Tuesday that the US has raised similar issues with Saudi Arabia.

Canada's relationship with Saudi Arabia has been cordial in the past, which has sometimes stoked controversy at home. Much of that was tanks, armored personnel carriers and motor vehicles.

That caused significant backlash by those concerned about Saudi Arabia's human rights record.


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