Saudi Canada, Meg Whitman, Male Cheerleaders: Broadsheet August 8th

Leroy Wright
August 8, 2018

"It's up for the government of Saudi Arabia and the Canadians to work this out", said Heather Nauert, a spokesperson for the state department, on Tuesday.

The Saudi government was also putting together an "urgent plan" to transfer students and interns already in Canada to US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, it said.

"We have always said that the politicisation of human rights matters is unacceptable", Maria Zakharova, a spokesperson for Russia's foreign ministry, told reporters on Wednesday.

"Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia, including Samar Badawi", it posted. "What one probably needs in this situation is constructive advice and assistance rather than criticism from a "moral superior", she said.

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday ruled out any mediation in an escalating diplomatic row with Canada, adding that the kingdom was considering further punitive measures against Ottawa.

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Russian Federation has said that Saudi Arabia has the right to reject Canada's interference and to express its annoyance at the "commanding tone" coming from a perceived position of moral superiority.

The Canadian currency dropped as much as 0.5 per cent to $1.3120 per US dollar after the Financial Times reported that the Saudi Arabia central bank and state pension funds have instructed their overseas asset managers to dispose of Canadian assets "no matter the cost" starting Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia shot back on Sunday, expelling the Canadian ambassador and freezing new trade with Canada.

This comes after Canada's foreign minister called on the Saudis to release detained human rights activists. Saudia Airlines has also announced it will suspend flights to and from Canada starting August 13. A Saudi airline has also interrupted flights to the North American country.

When asked about the jailed activists, Jubeir reiterated the government's earlier stance that they had been in contact with foreign entities, but did not specify the charges against them.

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