Saudi Arabia orders Canadian envoy to leave over criticism

Chrystia Freeland

Saudi Arabia has ordered the Canadian ambassador out of the country after a minister called on the kingdom to release women's rights activists detained last week.

Following this, it also froze its all new business and investment transactions with Canada.

On Thursday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Twitter she was "very alarmed" by the arrest of civil rights activist Samar Badawi, Raif's sister.

"The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed disbelief by this negative unfounded comment, which was not based in any accurate or true information", the statement said.

The Ministry in a statement said, "The Ministry also affirmed that the Canadian position is an explicit and transparent interference in the internal affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

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Saudi authorities last week arrested two prominent women rights activists, Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Saadah, and held them incommunicado, Saudi human rights groups said.

Saudi women's rights activists, including those who have been imprisoned for defying the ban, have celebrated the decision.

The Saudi foreign ministry later tweeted: "The kingdom of Saudi Arabia. will not accept interference in its internal affairs or imposed diktats from any country".

"Any further step from the Canadian side in that direction will be considered as acknowledgment of our right to interfere in the Canadian domestic affairs", the statement said. "Our government will never hesitate to promote these values and believes that this dialogue is critical to global diplomacy".

Amnesty International Canada secretary general Alex Neve said what has happened is a "clear indication that Saudi Arabia remains determined to rebuff and ignore any efforts to improve and address human rights concerns in the country".

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According to an archived government website, Saudi Arabia is now Canada's second largest export market in the region, receiving $1.4 billion in Canadian goods in 2017.

Human Rights Watch has called the arrests "an unrelenting crackdown on the women's rights movement". Bilateral trade between the two nations exceeded $4bn past year and 15,000 Saudi students attend universities and schools in Canada.

Freeland said in February that her department's investigation into reports that Saudi Arabia was using Canadian-made arms to perpetrate human rights violations turned up "no conclusive evidence" to support those claims.

She is a Canadian citizen whose brother Reif Badawi, a blogger who was critical of the Saudi government, was already in jail in the kingdom.

Riyadh's expulsion of the Canadian ambassador was meant to send a strong message to other critical Western governments, observers say.

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It isn't immediately clear what new business could be affected between the two countries.

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