Saudi Airlines suspends all flights to and from Canada amid growing dispute

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

A Twitter account linked to the Saudi government posted an image showing a plane flying towards the skyline in Toronto.

One of the activists mentioned in that tweet is Samar Badawi - a relative of Canadian citizens - who was arrested last month.

Saudi Arabia has ordered roughly 15,000 Saudis studying in Canada to leave.

The post was later deleted and reposted with the plane removed.

"This Canadian stance represents an affront to the relations binding the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Canada", said Mr Alzayani.

Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said, "Canada will always stand up for the protection of human rights, including women's rights and freedom of expression around the world".

Paul stressed the situation is worse when the government does what it wants in secret and is not singled out for alleged human rights violations.

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'The kingdom announces that it is recalling its ambassador to Canada for consultation.

Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador on Monday and froze "all new business" with Ottawa over its criticism of the ultraconservative kingdom's arrest of women's rights activists - yet another warning to the West reflecting Riyadh's newly assertive foreign policy.

Saudi Arabia says it will withdraw all of its students studying in Canada in an intensifying feud between the two countries.

The feud between the two countries has escalated quickly since it began Friday, when Canada's Ministry of Foreign Affairs raised concerns about the kingdom's human-rights record.

Canada doubled down on Monday.

Canada said it was "seriously concerned" by the escalation but vowed to continue to "stand up for human rights in Canada and around the world".

Badawi is also the sister of famed blogger Raif Badawi, who has been jailed since 2012 for his writings that were critical of the government and sentenced to 10 years and 1,000 lashes. Some have since been released.

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The arrests appear to be at odds with the reforms promised by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who lifted the ban on women drivers in June and allowed movie theatres to open across the country for the first time in April.

In response, Canada has refused to back down.

The British government on Tuesday urged Canada and Saudi Arabia to show restraint.

One European trader said it was not clear if the decision involved only new purchases or delivery of previously agreed contracts.

'Canada is easier to cut ties with than the rest, ' Bessma Momani, a professor at Canada's University of Waterloo, told AFP.

Saudi Arabian crude and equivalents accounted for just nine per cent of Canada's crude imports in 2016, according to figures from Natural Resources Canada.

The dispute looks set to damage what is a modest bilateral trade relationship worth almost $4 billion a year.

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Thousands of jobs in Canada could be at risk if the arms agreement is scrapped.

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