Saudi Arabia appears to threaten Canada with 9/11-style attack

Marsha Scott
August 8, 2018

Following Saudi Arabia's expulsion of the Canadian ambassador after Canada called for the release of jailed civil rights activists, the kingdom has now suspended scholarships for about 16,000 students studying here.

Saudi Arabia operates at least two routes to the country, both of which depart from Toronto.

Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Ottawa and ordered its Canadian envoy to Riyadh to leave within 24 hours, according to a Saudi Foreign Ministry statement.

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.

Within a day, Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador, froze all new investment, and canceled all flights to Toronto.

It could also have an impact on Canadian oil imports: Canada imports nine per cent of its crude oil from Saudi Arabia, much of which goes to the Atlantic provinces.

Her brother Mr Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for "insulting Islam" online back in 2014.

A number of rights campaigners, including award-winning gender rights activist Samar Badawi, have been arrested in the kingdom.

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The diplomatic spat between Canada and Saudi Arabia that erupted over the weekend has left many wondering exactly what is going on.

When asked about the contract, Freeland said the government "looks forward" to hearing from Riyadh about the future of the deal.

Prince Mohammed, heir to the region's most powerful throne, has introduced a string of reforms such as lifting a decades-long ban on women drivers in a bid to overhaul the kingdom's austere image.

Muscat: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on Tuesday regarding the current political situation between Saudi Arabia and Canada.

Amnesty International said the response to Canada showed that it was important Western countries not be intimidated into silence over Riyadh's treatment of dissenters.

Infographic KSA, which is believed to be owned by a Saudi youth organization and backed by the Saudi government, has a history of posting infographics that support Saudi government positions and foreign policy.

'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.

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