Oman issues statement on Saudi-Canada stand-off

Oman issues statement on Saudi-Canada stand-off

Saudi Arabia's national airline Saudia announced the suspension of all direct flights to and from Toronto following Canada's comments about the kingdom's treatment of human rights activists. No ban has been placed on Canadians entering the country, but it is still unclear how the new measure will affect their Hajj arrangements.

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.

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. "We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful human rights activists". "It is completely unacceptable for other countries to think their modules and experiences allow them to interfere in our internal matters", said the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs on Twitter.

Amnesty International has said Badawi, the sister of jailed blogger Raif Badawi, was recently detained along with Nassima al-Sada, another prominent female activist. Freeland said the embassy in Saudi Arabia is still in place and providing services to Canadians. Saudi Arabia long has been sensitive to worldwide pressure over the Raif Badawi sentence.

"We must stand with Saudi Arabia as it defends its leadership and laws".

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There could be a sentiment among allies that, "Finally the Trudeau government is getting poked back in the eye by the Saudis".

"There is a clear, uniquely Saudi dimension to this in the sense that in the last three years Saudi Arabia has been behaving very aggressively and assertively in the Middle East", he said, noting the blockade of Qatar and the war in Yemen.

All of which is to say that maybe the United States, 17 years after 9/11 and the missing 28 pages, should really, finally, reconsider its relationship to the repressive, Al Qaeda-dealing Saudi regime.

In its first response to the row, the Canadian foreign ministry said: "we are seriously concerned by these media reports and are seeking greater clarity on the recent statement from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

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