Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Saudi expels Canadian envoy, recalls its envoy over 'interference'

Saudi expels Canadian envoy, recalls its envoy over 'interference'

The Gulf kingdom issued a 24-hour expulsion notice Monday against ambassador Dennis Horak, who is also the Canadian representative to Yemen, Bahrain and Oman, and recalled its own envoy to Ottawa, according to the country's official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Saudi Arabia has chose to freeze all new trade and investment deals between the kingdom and Canada while retaining its right to take other measures, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Saudi Arabia has also made a decision to freeze all new trade and investment deals between the Kingdom and Canada while retaining its right to take other measures, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

"Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia, including Samar Badawi".

The Saudi statement said it confirmed its commitment to refrain from intervening in the internal matters of other countries, including Canada, and in return rejected any intervention in its domestic affairs and internal relations with its citizens.


Amnesty International Canada secretary general Alex Neve said what has happened is a "clear indication that Saudi Arabia remains determined to rebuff and ignore any efforts to improve and address human rights concerns in the country".

It said it will not accept any form of interference in its internal affairs and considers the Canadian position "an attack" requiring a firm stance to deter "attempts to undermine the sovereignty" of Saudi Arabia.

Freeland said on social media last Thursday that she was "alarmed" to hear of Samar Badawi's arrest.

Representatives for Canada's foreign department didn't respond to a request for comment.

The majority of Canada's exports to the Middle Eastern nation are vehicles, machinery and mineral products.


"We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful human rights activists", Global Affairs Canada said on its Twitter feed. More than a dozen women's rights activists have been targeted since May.

Badawi was arrested along with fellow activist Nassima al-Sadah last week.

An English version of the Saudi government's statement said Ms. Freeland and the Canadian government are wrong to criticize the kingdom. "Canada stands together with the Badawi family in this hard time, and we continue to strongly call for the release of both Raif and Samar Badawi".

Badawi's wife Ensaf Haidar has been granted asylum by Canada, where she is raising their three children now aged 14, 13 and 10 as a single mother.


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