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Saudi Arabia's new foreign policy is to tame international criticism

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Kenny Thornton | 10 August, 2018, 06:07

The sharp diplomatic row between Saudi Arabia and Canada has left Washington - partners and allies of both - in a bind, but the State Department on Tuesday nevertheless urged Riyadh to respect due process for detained activists.

In a tweet from Saudi Airlines, the suspension will come into effect on August 13.

Describing both countries as "friends" and "partners" of the US, the State Department on Tuesday called on both countries to resolve the issue "diplomatically".

His case long has been raised by global human rights groups and Western diplomats, including Canadians, who have called on Saudi Arabia to free him.

Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia "will deal with any interference decisively", dismissing Canada's position as "built on misleading information", in a statement carried by state media.

"We're going to stand with the values that we know are important to Canadians and Saudi Arabia will take the decisions that they will take", he said, reiterating for business owners that Canada is doing well economically and must continue to remain competitive.

There's a lot of uncertainty for Saudi Arabian students after their country made a decision to suspend government scholarships for studying in Canada.

The issue that led to this diplomatic impasse involves Saudi police arresting human-rights activist Samar Badawi and others last week.

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Inquiries to the European Union's Ottawa offices on Tuesday about whether the 28-member bloc would publicly condemn Saudi Arabia over the arrests - and support Canada in this dispute - were not immediately answered.

The Amnesty spokeswoman noted a ban on women drivers was lifted in June, but that a number of activists who campaigned for the right to drive were arrested and face up to 20 years in prison.

"We are gathering that information right now to determine how many are sponsored under this particular program", said Darling.

About a decade ago, the country's rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless the United Kingdom stopped investigating corrupt Saudi arms deals. Samar is a vocal campaigner for her brother Raif Badawi, a blogger who was arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

Saudi Arabia has been informing customers that it has temporarily scrapped penalties and fees on all upcoming direct flights to and from Toronto, adding it is working to find alternative solutions to the problems.

Canada on Monday refused to back down in its defence of human rights after Saudi Arabia froze new trade and investment and expelled the Canadian ambassador in retaliation for Ottawa's call to free arrested Saudi civil society activists. Last year, the kingdom also recalled its ambassador to Germany following a testy exchange with that country's foreign affairs minister over Saudi Arabia's military presence in Yemen.

"We are always going to speak up for human rights, we are always going to speak up for women's rights and that is not going to change", Freeland said. VIU is set to lose more than $650,000 in critical worldwide student tuition fees in the fall semester alone.

Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Ottawa and ordered its Canadian envoy to Riyadh to leave within 24 hours, according to a Saudi Foreign Ministry statement.

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