Did Saudi Arabia Just Threaten Another 9/11 Attack on Canada? Well, Kinda

Did Saudi Arabia Just Threaten Another 9/11 Attack on Canada? Well, Kinda

Canada can easily replace the oil it imports from Saudi Arabia should relations with the Middle Eastern kingdom deteriorate to the point that trade in crude is halted, says an energy economist.

The moves were a stern rebuke to Canada after the country on Friday expressed concern over the arrests of activists in Saudi Arabia, including prominent women's rights campaigner Samar Badawi, and called for their release.

"The Sultanate hopes this situation will be resolved between the two countries".

The Saudi foreign ministry has also ordered Canada's ambassador, Dennis Horak, to leave the country.

Late last week, Canadian officials began publicly pressing the Kingdom to release women's rights activists from around Saudi Arabia, who've been swept up and jailed as Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, consolidates his power and cracks down on dissenters. On Monday, Freeland doubled down on the position by saying Canadians expect their government's foreign policy to be guided by their values.

In response, Canada's foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland said the government will not back down.

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According to a report from Saudi-owned media outlet, Al Arabiya, the country announced the "suspension of training, scholarships and fellowships to Canada and the transfer [of] all its students in that state to other countries".

Raif Badawi was arrested in 2012 for running a blog that promoted free speech and women's rights in Saudi Arabia.

The clash between Saudi Arabia and Canada is intensifying and has provoked Saudi Airlines to suspend flights to and from Canada starting August 13. But his reforms include no changes that would liberalize a political system that allows no public dissent.

European traders said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia's main wheat-buying agency has told grains exporters it will no longer accept Canadian-origin wheat and barley.

Today is a really good day for the United States to reconsider its seemingly boundless support for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 2014, the Canadian unit of USA weapons maker General Dynamics Corp (GD.N) won a contract worth up to $13 billion to build light-armored vehicles for Saudi Arabia, in what Ottawa said was the largest advanced manufacturing export win in Canadian history.

The Shura Council in Bahrain, the kingdom's highest legislative body, also issued a statement condemning Canada's interference in Saudi's affairs.

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