Saudi Arabia: 'There is nothing to mediate' in dispute with Canada

There were 327 Saudi students at Mc Gill University last year.					Marie France Coallier  Montreal Gazette

She had wrote on Twitter that she was "very alarmed" over the arrests of the activists in Saudi Arabia, and on Friday, Canada's foreign ministry called for their "immediate release". They further ended diplomatic ties, froze all new trade and investment and cancelled flights via their national carrier to Toronto.

The statement said Russian Federation rejected the "authoritative tone" of Canada toward Saudi Arabia, adding that the Kingdom had the full sovereign right to manage its own affairs.

According to a report by state-owned media outlet Al Arabiya, "training, scholarships and fellowships" for Saudi students in Canada are being shelved. "We have always said that the politicization of human rights matters is unacceptable", Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement posted on the ministry's website.

Saudi Arabia on Sunday expelled Canada's ambassador in retaliation for Ottawa's call to free detained Saudi civil society activists.

Responding to a question about the reason for the activists' arrests, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said that charges against them would be made public once their cases reach the courts, repeating earlier allegations that they had been in touch with foreign entities.

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According to a report in the Financial Times, Saudi Arabia has started selling Canadian assets en masse, including stocks and bonds.

Canada plans to seek help from the UAE and Britain to defuse an escalating dispute with Saudi Arabia, sources said on Tuesday, but close ally USA made clear it would not get involved. Riyadh accused Ottawa on Tuesday of interfering in its internal affairs.

Travel to the country will also be affected in light of an announcement from Saudia Airlines on Tuesday that it will suspend flights to and from Canada starting August 13.

Saudi Arabia's main state wheat buying agency, the Saudi Grains Organization, has also told grains exporters it will no longer accept Canadian-origin grains in its worldwide purchase tenders, according to European traders.

Saudi Arabia, under the new leadership of young Mohammed Bin Salman, has undertaken a number of reforms to fight radicalism, and improve human rights and economic prospects for the country.

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