Canada asks for help in dispute with Saudi Arabia

Chrystia Freeland Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs speaks to the media following NAFTA renegotiations in Montreal Quebec

Chrystia Freeland Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs speaks to the media following NAFTA renegotiations in Montreal Quebec

Later, the Canadian government called for the immediate release of jailed activists.

Morneau said the Canadian economy is strong.

Earlier this month, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland voiced concern over the detention of human rights activist Samar Badawi and called on Saudi Arabia to free them. It has since recalled thousands of Saudi students studying in Canada, moved to transfer any Saudi patients out of Canadian hospitals and barred the import of Canadian wheat.

"The current diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and Canada will not, in any way, impact Saudi Aramco's relations with its customers in Canada", the statement said, referring the state-run oil giant Saudi Arabian Oil Co.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties has announced its support and participation in the efforts being exerted by the concerned committees to address the situation of Saudi students on scholarship in Canada.

"Pakistan stands by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in protecting its sovereignty as a matter of principle and based on the historic and brotherly relations between our two countries", Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said on Thursday.

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"Canada will always speak strongly and clearly in private and in public on questions of human rights", Trudeau said during an event Wednesday in Montreal.

At the same time, Trudeau explained that the diplomatic talks with Riyadh would continue, "but without taking a single step back from the criticism of the Foreign Minister regarding the arrest of Saudi activists".

"Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together".

And in November, Germany's Foreign Minister made a veiled criticism of Saudi Arabia's military intervention in Yemen and endured blowback, including blacklisting of some German companies.

But several of those going say they used a contact number provided by the airline, but there was no answer when they telephoned.

"Prince Mohammed thinks he has license from the U.S.to confront Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, exploiting perceived tension between Washington and Ottawa over trade that emerged at the end of a Group of Seven summit in June", wrote Bloomberg's Nick Wadhams.

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