Trudeau says Canada standing firm on Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses


In the last few days, Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador from the Canadian capital of Ottawa, ordered the Canadian ambassador to leave, froze all new trade deals and stopped imports of wheat and barley, ordered 16,000 Saudi students to leave Canadian schools as well as doctors and patients to leave Canadian hospitals and began selling off Canadian assets.

"These are relationships that we expect our federal government to continually navigate", Moe said, "And [assure] we have the opportunity to provide those products logistically while we continue to work with these nations on issues such as human rights".

The hajj takes place August 19-24 in Saudi Arabia and it is expected of all Muslims to make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime, Anadolu News Agency reported.

Germany and Sweden previously were targets of Saudi backlashes for calling out the kingdom over human rights abuses.

"We're paying close attention to this situation, of course, because we wanted to understand the impacts", he said in Ottawa after being asked if the government meant to hit back at Saudi Arabia with economic reprisals of its own.

On Sunday, Global Affairs Canada tweeted concerns about the recent arrest of womens rights activist Samar Badawi in Saudi Arabia.

The Business Insider reports that freakish threatening tweet was deleted shortly after multiple people pointed out the thinly veiled reference to the 9/11 terror attacks and that 15 of the 19 hijackers who carried out the atrocity were Saudi nationals.

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Trudeau noted that his foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, had "a long conversation" on Tuesday with her counterpart Adel al-Jubeir to try to resolve the dispute.

Trudeau said Canada's goal is not to have a bad relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Canada will not adopt retaliatory economic sanctions in its escalating diplomatic war with Saudi Arabia, Canada's Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Thursday.

"Canada will always speak strongly and clearly in private and in public on questions of human rights", Trudeau said during an event Wednesday in Montreal.

"We're working to fully understand the measures they might take", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter. "I respect the rights of individual countries to make the right decisions and speak for themselves".

Stewart said the political fight between the two nations is unnecessary and will hurt Canadians.