Published: Mon, August 13, 2018

Algeria supports Saudi Arabia in its diplomatic row with Canada

Algeria supports Saudi Arabia in its diplomatic row with Canada

That, the Saudi government said, was meddling in its domestic affairs and would not be tolerated.

"We are witnessing a democratic constitutional state such as Canada being shown up and disciplined by Saudi Arabia, a state that tortures [citizens and] shows contempt for human rights", spokesman Martin Lessenthin said. Left isolated, Canada is now looking to politically correct Germany and Sweden for support. "The matter is not about human rights, it is a matter of national security", Jubeir told reporters.

"We have always had a positive and constructive relationship with countries around the world while at the same time always making sure we're bringing up human rights concerns, because Canadians expect that, and indeed people around the world expect that leadership from Canada", Trudeau said.

Tensions have been high since Monday, when Riyadh expelled Canada's ambassador, recalled its own envoy and froze all new trade and investments after Ottawa denounced a crackdown on rights activists in Saudi Arabia.

The federal government has no plans to launch retaliatory economic measures against Saudi Arabia, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Thursday in the wake of a series of actions taken by the Middle Eastern kingdom as it seeks to punish Canada in a still-unfolding diplomatic feud. The Toronto Star reports that more than 200 of the University of Toronto's residents and fellows are from Saudi Arabia.

"We urge restraint during the current situation", the statement said.

On August 6, Saudi Arabia told Saudi students studying in Canada that their scholarships for studying overseas are being suspended and to move their studies elsewhere, such as the United States or the United Kingdom.

"Russia has refused and continues to refuse any attempt to politicize human rights issues", said the Press Secretary for Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

"Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together".

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.

But several of those going say they used a contact number provided by the airline, but there was no answer when they telephoned. On the possible sale of assets by major Saudi investors, Morneau said he couldn't confirm that any such thing is underway. "I respect the rights of individual countries to make their decisions and speak for themselves".

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