Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

A representative with Canada's ministry of global affairs did not immediately have a comment.

"It is a significant portion of our barley exports", Dahl said, noting the market had been considered a stable market, noting the industry saw growth potential there given ongoing food sustainability concerns within Saudi Arabia. Niagara actually has campuses in Saudi Arabia, but says it's unaware of any impact on those operations.

Among those reportedly still being held are Hatoon al-Fassi, a leading voice for women's participation in civil life; human rights defender Khaled al-Omair; women's rights activists Loujain al-Hathloul, Eman al-Nafjan, Aziza al-Yousef, Nouf Abdulaziz and Mayaa al-Zahrani; Ms Hathloul's 80-year-old lawyer, Ibrahim al-Modaimeegh; and the activist Abdulaziz Meshaal.

The move comes with the kingdom still locked in a bitter dispute with Canada after Ottawa criticised Riyadh's jailing of women's rights activists.

Another activist, Badawi's brother Raif, has been incarcerated since 2012.

According to Reuters, Saudi-Canadian trade consists largely of Saudi exports of petrochemicals, plastics and other products. Calling them "friends and partners", Ms Nauert added that both sides "need to diplomatically resolve this together".

A Reuters report, quoting a State Department official, said the U.S. has urged the Saudis to respect due process, in the first comments by Washington since the dispute erupted between Riyadh and Ottawa over the arrest of rights campaigners.

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Another trader said: "This is to me clearly part of the diplomatic dispute between Saudi Arabia and Canada, there is no other reason". "We're always going to speak up for woman's rights and that's not going to change", she said, adding that it wasn't the first time Canada has spoken out about human rights in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi state airline, Saudia, said in a statement on its official Twitter account that it would suspend all flights to Toronto starting next Monday, Aug. 13.

Saudi Arabia's main state wheat buying agency, the Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO), has told grains exporters it will no longer accept Canadian-origin grains in its global purchase tenders, European traders said.

Strangely, in spite of all this, Saudi Arabia and the United States are still strategic allies.

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. Saudi authorities accused Ottawa of interfering with its internal affairs.

One well placed source said the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - which has stressed the importance of human rights - planned to reach out to the United Arab Emirates. The US and the British government on Tuesday urged the two nations to show restraint.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland later indicated that Canada was "seriously concerned" by Saudi Arabia's actions.

"We want to continue to talk about the fact that women and men should have equality in this country and other countries", she said. Her former husband, Waleed Abu al-Khair, is now serving a 15-year prison sentence for his human rights work and her brother, the famed activist and blogger - Raif Badawi - has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for setting a website for public discourse.

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