There's some major drama happening between Canada and Saudi Arabia

There's some major drama happening between Canada and Saudi Arabia

There's some major drama happening between Canada and Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia notably was angry with Canada for demanding that Riyadh "immediately release" some of the detained activists.

The kingdom asked on Monday the Canadian envoy to leave the country and recalled its ambassador from Canada. "Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is trying to pull off a very delicate process in which he liberalizes some aspects of Saudi society, which is extremely conservative, but also retains virtually absolute power over that society", Kliment said.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry took exception to the wording of the tweet, calling it an attempt by Canada to interfere with the country's internal affairs.

While both countries are friends of the US, "both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a media briefing later Tuesday.

The standoff pits a Saudi government that's slowly opening the door to women's rights against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, an outspoken champion of women's advancement, who named a gender-balanced cabinet shortly after his 2015 election.

Canada and Saudi Arabia began sparring last week when a Canadian official spoke out against the recent arrest of a Saudi human rights activist.

"It's estimated to be about 100,000 (barrels per day), and that's down over the past two years", McTeague said of Saudi Arabia's oil exports to Canada.

The first possible big hit Canada could suffer relates to the sale of light armored vehicles to the kingdom, worth CA$15 billion.

How did Saudi Arabia react?

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Media said in a tweet earlier Monday that it is investigating a Twitter account that posted a photo of an Air Canada plane heading toward the CN Tower, eerily reminiscent of the 9/11 attacks.

"We are always going to speak up for human rights, we are always going to speak up for women's rights and that is not going to change", Freeland said. "They are the best interlocutor for Canada in the region", he said. The British government on Tuesday urged Canada and Saudi Arabia to show restraint.

"After "disciplining" domestic critics through warnings & arrests (Saudi Arabia is) seeking to use economic leverage & diplomatic actions to discipline foreign critics as well", tweeted Kristin Diwan, of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.

Traders said they had received an official notice from the Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO) about its decision.

Reid said there are several factors playing in the agreement's favour: the Saudis would have to pay penalties if they walk away from the deal, a pullout could hurt the country's reputation with other global trading partners and, perhaps most importantly, Riyadh wants the model of armoured vehicle that's produced in London.

The issue that led to this diplomatic impasse involves Saudi police arresting human-rights activist Samar Badawi and others last week.

Saudi Arabia doesn't want to be lectured to by the West and they are delivering the message.

The Middle Eastern nation has also frozen all new trade and investment with Canada, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

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