Oman issues statement on Saudi-Canada stand-off

Oman issues statement on Saudi-Canada stand-off

On Monday, Freeland doubled down on the position by saying Canadians expect their government's foreign policy to be guided by their values.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry took exception to the wording of the tweet, calling it an attempt by Canada to interfere with the country's internal affairs.

But Canada has stood firm, with Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland insisting it would defend human rights around the world.

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.

Saudi Arabia announced on Monday it would be suspending all government-funded scholarships for Saudi students in Canada and would transfer students to other countries, escalating a dispute that started when the Canadian government criticized the Saudi state over human rights.

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.

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Freeland would only tell reporters Monday that the Canadian ambassador is "fine" and would not disclose his location. "Canada stands together with the Badawi family in this hard time, and we continue to strongly call for the release of both Raif and Samar Badawi".

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama present the 2012 International Women of Courage Award to Samar Badawi of Saudi Arabia, on the 101st Anniversary of International Women's Day, Thursday, March 8, 2012, at the State Department in Washington.

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

"Canada does not understand its place and it tried to impose itself on the Kingdom's policies in its ministry of foreign affairs statement as if to place itself above other countries in the world", he said.

The true impact of Saudi Arabia's flexing of diplomatic muscle is still unclear.

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.

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