Canada asks for help in Saudi dispute


"These are relationships that we expect our federal government to continually navigate", Moe said, "And [assure] we have the opportunity to provide those products logistically while we continue to work with these nations on issues such as human rights".

Last week, Canada sparked fury in Riyadh by calling for the "immediate release" of rights campaigners, including award-winning women´s rights activist Samar Badawi, the sister of jailed blogger Raif Badawi.

The Minister of Civil Service, Sulaiman Bin Abdullah Al-Hamdan, who also heads the Training and Scholarship Committee - an affiliate of his ministry, explained that the committee's secretariat has been working 24 hours a day to provide support for Saudi missions overseas to help the smooth transfer of those on scholarship in Canada to other countries and universities.

"As the minister has said and as we will repeat, Canada will always speak strongly and clearly in private and in public on questions of human rights", Trudeau said during an event Wednesday in Montreal.

The Saudi foreign ministry called the statement "a major, unacceptable affront to the kingdom's laws and judicial process".

Saudi Arabia is the company's third biggest market outside Canada, netting it revenues of almost a billion Canadian dollars (C$992m) past year.

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He added that Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and Freeland had spoken by phone on Tuesday and those conversations are expected to continue.

Saudi Arabia's move had a brief impact on the Canadian dollar, with the loonie depreciating as much as 0.5 percent to CA$1.3120 per USA dollar Wednesday after the Financial Times reported the Saudi central bank and state pension funds instructed overseas asset managers to dispose of Canadian assets.

This student recall is the latest in a number of retaliations the Saudi Arabian government has ordered in response to Canada's criticism of its treatment of human rights activists, including UBC alumna Loujain Al-Hathloul who has been detained on unknown charges since May 15. "Canada made a big mistake. and a mistake should be corrected". "But we will continue to underline challenges when they exist there and everywhere in the world".

According to the CBC, the Saudi Students' Association of Canada has told students not to speak with media.

Stewart said the political fight between the two nations is unnecessary and will hurt Canadians.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won't be scared off that easily.