European Union Asks Saudi Arabia to Clarify On Jailed Activists

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According to Trudeau, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Canada Chrystia Freeland on Tuesday, August 7, continued communication with his counterpart from Saudi Arabia, and Canada continues to engage directly with the government of this ultra-conservative Kingdom, which suspended diplomatic relations between the two countries. At the same time, Saudi's treatment towards human rights activists and towards anyone showing any dissenting viewpoints has earned it the label of an aggressor. Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador, stopped direct Saudi flights to Canada, stopped buying Canadian wheat, ordered Saudi students and patients to leave Canada, froze all new trade and investment transactions, and ordered its wealth funds to sell their Canadian stock and bond holdings in a sweeping move that surprised with its harshness many analysts, Canada itself, and reportedly, even the U.S.

Canada is quietly working back channels to prod allies including Germany and Sweden to help resolve its row with Saudi Arabia, a government source confirmed Thursday.

The Saudi reaction shows, on the one hand, the sensitivity of the Kingdom to criticism for its human rights record. The Canadian Foreign Ministry followed up with a tweet that called for the release of "all peaceful #humanrights activists" held by the Gulf monarchy.


Germany and Sweden had previously been entangled in disputes with Riyadh. "Diplomatic talks continue", he said. He added that Pakistan has shown its solidarity with Riyadh in this regard.

Earlier on Wednesday, 7 August, the foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir said that Canada has received the information necessary in order to fix the Twitter message and the whole situation. If Saudi Arabia proceeded against its own citizens for violations of local laws, then others have no business to intervene in its internal affairs.

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