Russia Backs Saudi Arabia In Canada Feud

Leroy Wright
August 13, 2018

The hajj takes place August 19-24 in Saudi Arabia and it is expected of all Muslims to make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime, Anadolu News Agency reported.

In a written statement, the Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy said: "During the phone conversation, the ministers exchanged views on how to strengthen relations, cooperation and solidarity between Turkey and the friendly and brotherly Saudi Arabia".

The tactics used against Canada aren't new for Saudi Arabia.

Freeland called for the release of women's rights activist Samar Badawi (pictured), sister of jailed dissident writer Raif Badawi, each of whom have been given 10-year jail sentences, with 1,000 lashes, for "insulting Islam".

The consultancy said Germany and Poland were the leading wheat exporters to Saudi Arabia but poor weather could hit their exportable surplus this year.

Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said oil - Canada gets about 15 percent of its petroleum from Saudi Araiba - will continue to flow because the country has a "firm and long-standing policy" that oil supplies are not affected by political considerations.

Hoffrogge said the company supports Canada's position on human rights but questioned whether Twitter diplomacy was an effective tool.

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The remarks by Khalid al-Falih show the limits of the ongoing quarrel and may calm some of the bluster surrounding the dispute that suddenly erupted Monday over Canadian diplomats' tweets asking the kingdom to release the detained activists.

"We do not wish to have poor relations with Saudi Arabia", he added, saying Ottawa recognizes that Riyadh "has made progress when it comes to human rights".

"These are relationships that we expect our federal government to continually navigate", Moe said, "And [assure] we have the opportunity to provide those products logistically while we continue to work with these nations on issues such as human rights". "We can't do it for them, they need to resolve it together", Nauert said in a briefing.

Saudi Arabia plans to pull out thousands of students and medical patients from Canada over the spat. "We will continue to use the full range of methods of communication as appropriate".

Chrystia Freeland, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, speaks to the media following NAFTA renegotiations in Montreal, Quebec.

"Prince Mohammed thinks he has license from the U.S.to confront Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, exploiting perceived tension between Washington and Ottawa over trade that emerged at the end of a Group of Seven summit in June", wrote Bloomberg's Nick Wadhams.

Canada needs to learn from its mistake and work on its face-to-face diplomatic skills, said O'Toole, who nonetheless characterized the Saudi response as being "over the top".

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