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Oman issues statement on Saudi-Canada stand-off

10 August 2018

She said "we are in favour of a dialogue".

The arrests last week brought criticism from the Canadian government.

An ousted ambassador, suspended flights, and the recall of thousands of Saudi students in Canada.

Saudi Arabia on Monday expelled Canada's ambassador and recalled its own envoy while freezing all new trade and investments, after Ottawa denounced a new crackdown on women and human rights activists in the kingdom.

The agency cited Saudi Health Attache in the United States of America and Canada Dr Fahd bin Ibrahim al Tamimi. In 2017, exports to the kingdom stood at $1.4 billion Canadian dollars ($1.1 billion).

"The only class of wheat that Canada still exports to the region is durum but even that is not that much".

Germany recently also learned of Saudi Arabia's displeasure of foreign criticism when its diplomats criticized the war in Yemen.

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Saudi Arabia stunned officials on Sunday by announcing it was suspending future trade with Canada and severing diplomatic ties.

He said the university also benefits.

According to State, the USA has asked Saudi Arabia for more information about the detentions, and to publicize details about the status of legal cases.

"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".

"We're going to stand with the values that we know are important for Canadians, and Saudi Arabia will take the decisions that they will take", Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Tuesday when asked whether the spat could imperil the General Dynamics agreement. The United States "raised" the case with Riyadh, she said, adding: "The United States has respect for internationally recognized freedoms and also individual liberties".

"The only people buying oil from Saudi Arabia would be Irving".

The US official mentioned private discussions that the Washington has held with Saudi Arabia over the matter and on issue of detentions.

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"I think the students are in shock right now.they haven't really understood what will happen and what their next steps are", she added.

But other analysts questioned what, if anything, Canada has gained by squaring off with Riyadh. "It is a country that has great significance in the world, that is making progress in the area of human rights", he said. "That's just a poor excuse", said Amir Attaran, a professor at the University of Ottawa.

"Saudi Arabia simply can not afford to alienate any other sections of the global community in the midst of its unpopular military engagement in Yemen, its indirect confrontation with Iran", commentator Jamal Khashoggi wrote in the Washington Post. "And Saudi Arabia is taking aim at Canada over Trudeau's refusal to endorse sanctions on rival Iran".

"Was our objective to mitigate the circumstances for Mr. Badawi?"

Pike said firm details and direction is anticipated to come from the Ottawa-based Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau.

Reid said there are several factors playing in the agreement's favour: the Saudis would have to pay penalties if they walk away from the deal, a pullout could hurt the country's reputation with other worldwide trading partners and, perhaps most importantly, Riyadh wants the model of armoured vehicle that's produced in London.

"Have we advanced any Canadian interests? No".

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Oman issues statement on Saudi-Canada stand-off