Trudeau stands firm amid dispute with Saudi Arabia

Lloyd Doyle
August 11, 2018

'We fully agree with the statement of the OIC Secretary General that Saudi Arabia enjoys vast respect at the regional and worldwide level, as it does among the people of Pakistan, ' the statement further said.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Faisal has said that Pakistan was following with huge concern the "crisis" in relations between Saudi Arabia and Canada, and also that Pakistan, "places on record its solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

"Pakistan always supports the sovereignty of states and the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states".

In this context, the ministry noted "the deep brotherly relations that bind Algeria to the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

Saudia Arabia and Canada have been embroiled in a diplomatic row ever since Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland posted a demand for the Saudi government to release women-rights activist Samar Badawi on social media.

He further said, "Pakistan is following with huge concern the crisis in the relations between Saudi Arabia and Canada and places on record its solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

Trudeau said that although his country appreciates the "importance" of Saudi Arabia in the world, it would continue to speak "clearly and firmly about human rights issues in the country and abroad" whenever needed. It also ended state-backed educational and medical programs in a dispute that was sparked by Canada demanding the release of jailed rights activists.

The Prime Minister said that Freeland held extensive talks with her Saudi counterpart, Adel Al-Jubeir, on Tuesday, without giving further details.

At the same time, Trudeau explained that the diplomatic talks with Riyadh would continue, "but without taking a single step back from the criticism of the Foreign Minister regarding the arrest of Saudi activists".

Canada has been disappointed that Western powers including the United States - a key ally of Saudi Arabia - did not publicly support Ottawa. "They need to resolve it together", US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told a briefing on Wednesday.

In response, Saudi Arabia expelled Canada's ambassador, paused all new trade and investment and declared that some 15,000 Saudi students on government-funded scholarships would be transferred out of Canada.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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