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Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Ambassador, To Withdraw Students From Canada Over Women's Rights Criticism

Saudi Arabia notably was angry with Canada for demanding that Riyadh "immediately release" some of the detained activists.

"The students have been asked by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to continue their studies if they are now registered in the spring and summer session, but to deregister or cancel their registration for the fall of 2018 and to leave Canada within four weeks of the departure of the Canadian ambassador to Riyadh", said Livia Castellanos, the university's associate vice-president (international).

Saudia said it would be temporarily stopping inbound and outbound flights to Toronto Pearson International Airport - the only Canadian destination it serves - from August 13. "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 said.

"We are gathering that information right now to determine how many are sponsored under this particular program", said Darling.

Amnesty International noted Ms Badawi has been repeatedly targeted and interrogated by Saudi security forces for her human rights activist.

Brynen, an expert in Middle East politics, said at first he didn't think the Saudis would abandon the deal, but is reconsidering that position after they took the major step of cancelling thousands of scholarships to Canada. Saudi authorities accused Ottawa of interfering with its internal affairs.

"This particular case regarding Canada - we have raised that with the government of Saudi Arabia".

That caused significant backlash by those concerned about Saudi Arabia's human rights record. "But I would not deliver Canadian grains to Saudi Arabia now, even on previous contracts", the trader added. Both the Saudi and Canadian ambassadors were away on leave at the time. He contends that the Saudis are making an example of Canada, and showing other Western nations that it is unacceptable to criticize the country's domestic policy.

Reid said there are several factors playing in the agreement's favour: the Saudis would have to pay penalties if they walk away from the deal, a pullout could hurt the country's reputation with other global trading partners and, perhaps most importantly, Riyadh wants the model of armoured vehicle that's produced in London. Saudi Arabia has supported rebels in Syria who are losing a war against President Bashar Assad and its military become bogged down by the bloody and costly war it is waging in neighboring Yemen.

Although Canada is standing by its criticism, Meyer believes that the country has a lot to lose. "(The ambassador) was very clear in saying he was irritated by what he saw as passivity by the Canadian government, which in his view was not resisting that criticism.

Saudi Arabia has suspended state-sponsored scholarships for about 16,000 students studying in Canada and ordered them to transfer their studies to post-secondary institutions in other countries.

The Saudi central bank and state pension funds have instructed their overseas asset managers to dispose of their Canadian equities, bonds and cash holdings "no matter the cost", according to the report. The United States, traditionally one of Canada´s most important friends, stayed on the sidelines.

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