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Rel between Riyadh and Ottawa heats up

The Canadian minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland says ‘deeply concerned’ to the expulsion of the Canadian ambassador in Saudi Arabia. In the meantime, deletes airline Saudia all flights from and to Toronto.

The government in Riyadh took the decision to expulsion from dissatisfaction with the position of Canada after the arrest of the vrouwenrechtenactiviste Samar Badawi, sister of imprisoned activist and writer Raif Badawi, in the kingdom. “Canada supports in these difficult times, the family Badawi and we continue to push for the release of both Raif as Samar Badawi,” she said Monday.

“Canada will always stand up for the protection of human rights, including women’s rights and freedom of speech any where in the world’, responds Freeland on the expulsion, which they are ‘deeply concerned’. “We will never hesitate to spread these values and we believe that this dialogue will be crucial for the international diplomacy.’

Flights cancelled

Meanwhile, the state-controlled airline Saudia has decided to from next week, all flights from and to Toronto to be deleted. That has the company Monday evening announced.

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