Abbas condemns Canada interference in internal affairs of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador and suspending new trade with Canada

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"It is a significant portion of our barley exports", Dahl said, noting the market had been considered a stable market, noting the industry saw growth potential there given ongoing food sustainability concerns within Saudi Arabia.

The leading Saudi women's rights campaigner Manal al-Sharif thanked Canada for "speaking up" and asked when other Western powers would do the same.

Another activist, Badawi's brother Raif, has been incarcerated since 2012. It also suspended new trade dealings with Canada.

The agency cited Saudi Health Attache in the United States of America and Canada Dr Fahd bin Ibrahim al Tamimi.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said he would keep pressing Saudi Arabia on civil liberties amid a major diplomatic dispute but also offered an apparent olive branch, saying the kingdom had made some progress on human rights.

"Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said during a press briefing. "We will be reaching out to them to try to support them as best we can", said Darling. Saudi Arabia didn't appreciate the Canadian diplomats meddling in their domestic affairs.

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Plans to relocate 7,000 students and their families in Canada to other countries, primarily the United States and Britain, were already underway, education ministry official Jassem al-Harbash said.

The Saudi government plans to move them immediately to other schools in countries like the U.S. and United Kingdom.

The Saudis have also threatened to exclude Canadian companies from participation in the lucrative Vision 2030 programme, where the kingdom is spending hundreds of billions of dollars to modernise its economy.

A Saudi Arabia threat on Monday to carry out a 9/11-style attack on Canada has provoked a huge backlash.

Canada has said it's alarmed by the move out of Saudi Arabia, but has not walked back the comments that apparently prompted the row in the first place. Much of that was tanks, armored personnel carriers and motor vehicles.

"Branding Saudi Arabia as an attractive destination for investment and trade is one of the underlying assumptions of Saudi Vision 2030", said Thomas Juneau, an assistant professor and Middle East expert at the University of Ottawa.

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Another source said Canada will be turning to its old ally the United Kingdom for help, which has appealed for calm.

"The only people buying oil from Saudi Arabia would be Irving".

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland wrote on Twitter on Thursday that she was "very alarmed" to learn that Ms Badawi had been detained. "We are always going to speak up for human rights; we're always going to speak up for women's rights; and that is not going to change", she told reporters in Vancouver on Monday. Raif Badawi, who won Europe's top human rights prize in 2015, was later sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam while blogging.

"This has nothing to do with human rights".

His wife, Ensaf Haidar, and three children were granted Canadian citizenship earlier this summer, and live in Quebec's Eastern Townships.

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