Trudeau: Canada will not back down from criticism of Saudi Arabia

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Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland called for the release of Samar Badawi, a women's rights activist who is the sister of jailed blogger Raif Badawi, whose wife is a Canadian citizen. This statement comes a day after the entire debacle and much rather portrays Pakistan as a third party not trying to neutralise the situation but showing support in a matter which does not require Pakistan's diplomatic stance unless the matter can not be absolved.

I'd like to think that standing up against human rights violations would gain similar support, but such is not the case. In fact, recently Yemen was bombed by a Saudi led coalition and a school bus came under attack, resulting in the death of several innocent children. Saudi response is justified in that some countries are in the habit of interfering in internal affairs of other countries on the pretext of human rights.

After announcing its discontinuation of scholarships for Saudis studying in Canada, Saudi Arabia will today ban its airline, Saudia, from landing in Toronto. Saudi Arabia is also emboldened by its very good relations with the current U.S. Administration, and picking a fight with Canada wouldn't have happened if "Trump wasn't at the White House", Haizam Amirah-Fernández, an analyst at Madrid-based think tank Elcano Royal Institute, told Bloomberg.

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Earlier on Wednesday, 7 August, the foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir said that Canada has received the information necessary in order to fix the Twitter message and the whole situation.

If Canada had concerns it should have raised them directly with Saudi Arabia, not in public, he added. This is significant for the Kingdom's Vision 2030 plans to position Saudi Arabia as a centre for global business interconnecting Asia, Europe and Africa.

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