Saudia suspends flights to Canada, escalating diplomatic spat

Saudia suspends flights to Canada, escalating diplomatic spat

Saudia suspends flights to Canada, escalating diplomatic spat

Saudi Arabia's media ministry is investigating the incident, which came as tensions between the two countries escalated.

The office of Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland did not respond to requests for comment.

Saudi Arabia on Sunday expelled Canada's ambassador and said it would freeze new trade deals following a tweet by Global Affairs Canada criticizing the kingdom's arrests of human rights activists, including women's rights activists.

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.

In the statement, the ministry said, "Oman is following the current political situation between Saudi Arabia and Canada and affirms its position of not interfering in the internal affairs of other countries".

The United States said Tuesday that both Canada and Saudi Arabia are "close partners" of the USA, and asked the Saudi government for more information of the detention of several activists.

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.

Both the Saudi and Canadian ambassadors were away on leave when it was made.

A Financial Times reporter, Ahmed Al Omran, citing Saudi state TV, tweeted that students would be transferred to schools in the USA, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

Amnesty International has said Badawi, the sister of jailed blogger Raif Badawi, was recently detained along with Nassima al-Sada, another prominent female activist.

'There isn't a strong bilateral trade relationship and poking the Trudeau government likely resonates with Saudi's hawkish regional allies.

"There is a clear, uniquely Saudi dimension to this in the sense that in the last three years Saudi Arabia has been behaving very aggressively and assertively in the Middle East", he said, noting the blockade of Qatar and the war in Yemen.

"So neither Saudi nor Canada are going to be affected much by stopping the wheat and barley trade".

"We must stand with Saudi Arabia as it defends its leadership and laws".

A Saudi Arabian youth organization is apologizing after after posting an image on Twitter appearing to show an Air Canada plane heading toward the CN Tower in a way that is reminiscent of the 9/11 attacks in the U.S.

Soon after, the Saudi ministry of media said it had shut down the account amid an investigation into a complaint over it.

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