Canada’s PM: We will not apologise to Saudi Arabia

Pakistan supports Saudi Arabia in diplomatic row with Canada

Saudia Arabia and Canada have been embroiled in a diplomatic row ever since Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland posted a demand for the Saudi government to release women-rights activist Samar Badawi on social media.

Further straining ties, the Saudi central bank has instructed its overseas asset managers to dispose of their Canadian equities, bonds and cash holdings "no matter the cost", the Financial Times reported.

Morneau said his department has been watching developments as they unfolded to gauge the effects on Canada's economy, but no retaliation is on the table as yet.

"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". "We are not considering any responses". "Therefore, Canada must correct its actions towards the kingdom".

Algeria on Thursday expressed its concern about the repercussions of the crisis in relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Canada, calling for respect for the sovereignty of States and non-interference in their internal affairs. But uncertainty over the state of affairs between the two countries continued to hang over Ottawa.

"We have to think long and hard about the avenues we take ... and making sure they don't impact people, especially out here on the prairies".

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But while Saudi Arabia has been getting messages of support from regional allies and even rivals like Russia, Canada's Western allies - even those who had experienced similar Saudi outbursts in the past, such as Germany and Sweden - have chose to keep out of the latest dispute, at least publicly.

"As some Canadian Muslims prepare to travel to #SaudiArabia for Hajj, NCCM advises those travelling on Saudi Arabian Airlines with return dates beyond August 13 to contact the airline or their travel agent to assess alternate options for return travel prior to leaving Canada", it states.

"Canada will always speak strongly and clearly in private and in public on questions of human rights", Trudeau said during an event Wednesday in Montreal.

The Saudi government is also ending direct flights between Canada and Saudi Arabia next week, and is reportedly arranging to have Saudi patients transferred out of Canadian hospitals.

However, analysts believe that this situation can contribute to Ukraine to resume grain exports to Saudi Arabia already this year.

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