Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Canada can easily replace Saudi Arabian crude oil imports: economist

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Earlier this week, Riyadh froze all trade and education ties with Canada and expelled the country's ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

"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", she said, adding that Canadians "expect" their government's foreign policy to be driven by Canadian values.

"Canada will always stand up for the protection of human rights, including women's rights and freedom of expression around the world".

Following the diplomatic tensions flare-up between Saudi Arabia and Canada on Monday, Saudis went to social media to express their support for their courageous government.

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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.

Bilateral trade amounts to CAN $3-4 billion (US $2.3-3.1 billion) a year, according to Thomas Juneau, an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa. Freeland declined to comment on Horak's exact location and would only say he was doing fine.

The kingdom will also suspend educational exchange programs with Canada and move Saudi scholarship recipients to other countries, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya reported Monday.

Canada has said it is "gravely concerned" about the arrests and has called for those detained to be released immediately.

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The sudden and unexpected dispute bore the hallmarks of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's 32-year-old future leader, whose recent foreign policy exploits include the war in Yemen, the boycott of Qatar and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's surprise resignation broadcast during a visit to the kingdom.

There could be a sentiment among allies that, "Finally the Trudeau government is getting poked back in the eye by the Saudis".

At the same time, it sends a strong message to European and Middle Eastern countries not to "mess" with Saudi Arabia, Juneau said.

He said that the authorities in Saudi Arabia made it clear that those arrested committed legal violations that necessitated law enforcement.

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In the meantime, the Saudi Ministry of Media tweeted they shut down the account until an investigation in the complaints finalised.

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