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by ahnationtalk on August 9, 201864 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Aug 9, 2018

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not backing down on Canada’s criticism of the kingdom over the recent arrests of social activists.

He says Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland had a long conversation with her Saudi counterpart on Tuesday and Canada is continuing to engage directly with the Saudi government.

The diplomatic dispute began last week after Freeland tweeted concerns about news that several social activists had been arrested in Saudi Arabia, including Samar Badawi, who has advocated for women’s rights in her country.

On August 2nd, Freeland called for the release of both Raif and Samar Badawi, and a day later, her department tweeted further criticism and called for the “immediate release” of Samar Badawi and all peaceful human rights activists.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia expelled Canada’s ambassador, suspended diplomatic relations and slammed the door to new trade with Canada.

It has since recalled thousands of Saudi students studying in Canada, moved to transfer any Saudi patients out of Canadian hospitals and barred the import of Canadian wheat.

(The Canadian Press)

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