Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Canada can easily replace Saudi Arabian crude oil imports: economist

Canada can easily replace Saudi Arabian crude oil imports: economist

A Saudi Arabian organisation has apologised for tweeting a digitally-altered image that showed a plane flying towards Toronto's CN Tower - in an apparent reference to a 9/11-style attack - amid an escalating row over Canada's call for the release of detained human rights activists in the kingdom. No ban has been placed on Canadians entering the country, but it is still unclear how the new measure will affect their Hajj arrangements.

The former head of the Human Rights Commission in Saudi Arabia, Dr Hadi Bin Al Yami, said that the Canadian government's actions violate diplomatic norms governing state relations.

On one hand, it would be a bad scenario to cancel the arms deals, but on the other, many human rights groups have criticized Canada's decision to sell armoured vehicles to a regime with a "horrible human rights record", Juneau said.

In apparent escalation of a rift between Saudi Arabia and Canada on Monday evening, Riyadh suspended scholarships for Saudi students in Canada and said it would relocate thousands of students studying there to other countries, state media reported, citing an Education Ministry official. Freeland declined to comment on Horak's exact location and would only say he was doing fine.

In a tweet Monday, Bessma Momani, an expert on Middle East issues and a political science professor at the University of Waterloo said the affected Saudi students are now left "scrambling with what to do with their lives". Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia, and Saudi royals have always been accused of complicity in the attack.

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

He said that the authorities in Saudi Arabia made it clear that those arrested committed legal violations that necessitated law enforcement.

The European Commission said it's seeking clarification about the arrest of activists in Saudi Arabia. Officials said on state television that there are more than 12,000 Saudi students and family members in Canada, and that many will be transferred to other countries, including the United States.

Last week, Canada's Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed concerns over the arrests of seven Saudi civil society activists.

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