Outrage as Saudi group tweets photo of jet flying towards Toronto tower


The State Department sought for a second day to avoid inflaming a spiraling diplomatic row between Saudi Arabia and Canada Tuesday, calling on both sides to sort out their differences over a delicate human rights dispute. The university also didn't know how numerous Saudi students are in Windsor during the summer break.

The Saudi government on Sunday recalled its ambassador from Ottawa, barred Canada's ambassador to Riyadh and placed a ban on new trade.

"Throughout its long history, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has never accepted any interference in its domestic affairs by, or orders from any country", the country's foreign ministry wrote on Twitter, accompanied by a freaky and long-winded statement.

More than 7,000 students from Saudi Arabia are enrolled in university programmes in Canada, according to Harbash, head of the education ministry's scholarship programme.

Next, came as a blow to Saudi exchange students studying in Canada on state-sponsored scholarship programmes, which have been suspended.

It says there were 327 students from Saudi Arabia at McGill during the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Triggered by Ottawa's comments expressing concern over the arrests of activists in Saudi Arabia, the dispute shows no sign of end with the Kingdom announcing one action after another to escalate the row between the two United States allies.

On Monday, Freeland doubled down on the position by saying Canadians expect their government's foreign policy to be guided by their values.

The UAE has already taken Saudi Arabia's side in the dispute.

Questioned in Brussels about the tensions, European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said that "we have been seeking clarification from Saudi authorities" over a number of arrests since May.

"We're a little bit surprised by this sudden decision", said Associate Vice-President Livia Castellanos with University of Regina's global program.

The true impact of Saudi Arabia's flexing of diplomatic muscle is still unclear.

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Saudi state media initially claimed the plane tweet was a tribute to the departing ambassador sent by a low level staffer (the Saudi equivalent of the "social media intern" defense).

Earlier on Monday, Ottawa refused to back down in its defense of human rights after Riyadh froze new trade and investment and expelled the Canadian ambassador in retaliation for the country's call to free arrested Saudi civil society activists.

Ms Badawi's brother was arrested in 2012 for criticism of the regime, and was subjected to 50 lashings in 2015.

Saudi Arabia has been informing customers that it has temporarily scrapped penalties and fees on all upcoming direct flights to and from Toronto, adding it is working to find alternative solutions to the problems.

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

Riyadh accuses Ottawa of meddling Riyadh accused Ottawa on Tuesday of interfering in its internal affairs.

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A Saudi government source told The Globe and Mail that more than 15,000 Saudis are studying in Canada on government funded courses or grants.