Saudi Arabian Airlines Suspending Flights To and From Canada

Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador and suspending new trade with Canada

The Saudi Central Bank did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia, and Saudi royals have always been accused of complicity in the attack.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau doubled down Tuesday on Ottawa's message that the federal government will continue to stand up for Canadian values even as it finds itself at the centre of an ongoing diplomatic tumult with Saudi Arabia. But the task of approving the export permits fell to the Liberals, who were lobbied by human rights activists to say no.

"Very alarmed to learn that Samar Badawi, Raif Badawi's sister, has been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia", she wrote.

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

"So neither Saudi nor Canada are going to be affected much by stopping the wheat and barley trade".

"Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said during a press briefing. "I think she has done a fantastic job at pointing out the obvious", Fuhr said.

In a tweet from Saudi Airlines, the suspension will come into effect on August 13.

Saudi Arabia's market closure comes on the heels of ongoing trade disputes in other key Canadian grain markets including Italy, Peru, Vietnam, and India as well as increased protectionist sentiments within the United States.

'It is now time for other governments to join Canada in increasing the pressure on Saudi Arabia to release all prisoners of conscience immediately and unconditionally, ' said Samah Hadid, Amnesty International's Middle East campaigns director.

But the damage could be more significant if a $15 billion deal agreed in 2014 for Canada to sell Riyadh light armoured vehicles is scrapped, as thousands of jobs in Canada could be lost, Juneau said. Saudi authorities accused Ottawa of interfering with its internal affairs.

It puts on hold all new business and investment transactions with Canada.

Another source said Canada would also seek help from Britain.

Saudi Arabian crude and equivalents accounted for just nine per cent of Canada's crude imports in 2016, according to figures from Natural Resources Canada.

It all started with a tweet from Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland.

However, the row threatens to undermine Riyadh's drive to attract foreign investors, an effort hit by a series of sweeping policy initiatives by the top oil exporter's absolute rulers. "We are always going to speak up for human rights; we're always going to speak up for women's rights; and that is not going to change", she said. Raif was arrested in 2015 and has been sentenced to seven years in prison as well as 1,000 lashes for "insulting Islam".

Inside Saudi Arabia, the measures were supported by a media campaign criticizing Canada's human rights record and praising the Saudi rulers' firmness in "protecting the kingdom's sovereignty".

His wife, Ensaf Haidar, and three children were granted Canadian citizenship earlier this summer, and live in Quebec's Eastern Townships.

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