Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador and announced a freeze on "all new business" between the two countries in response to Canadian complaints about the arrests of two Saudi rights activists
While many in the West rush to embrace Saudi Arabia's volatile young crown prince as a "reformer," he makes clear he will not tolerate criticism of Saudi intolerance. ⁦
Timing of Saudi crown prince's lashing out at Canada for protesting his repression suggests his real aim is to dissuade governments next month from continuing the UN investigation of Saudi-led war crimes in Yemen. Time to redouble support for the UN probe.
Saudi Arabia accused Canada of interfering in its domestic affairs by criticizing the arrest of an activist. It threatened to interfere in Canada's affairs if the criticism continued.
Canada criticized Saudi for arresting some activists, so Saudi expelled the Canadian ambassador, recalled its own from Canada and put a freeze on all new business. New rules are being created.
“On one hand, you have this initiative to open Saudi Arabia up to the world, and on the other, you have this harder line approach to making all business with Saudi Arabia on Saudi terms,” said the ’s #SaudiArabia #Saudi
Freedom to drive? Yes. But freedom to irritate The crown prince? No way. ( takes the wheel.
Good for Canada and Foreign Minister for standing up to Saudi Arabia on human rights. From Yemen to women's rights, Crown Prince MBS regularly embarrasses his country and his defenders.
Saudi is an absolute monarchy and they frequently have temper tantrums if anyone dares to not fully agree w them. They’re used to getting absolute support and react like this when they dont. So childish. So typical.
This is a badge of honor and a challenge to other foreign govts to demonstrate a similar degree of courage and political will to challenge human rights abuses in #SaudiArabia (or #Philippines & #Indonesia )
Canada expelled 4 Russian diplomats to express outrage over the poisoning of an ex-spy in Salisbury. How many Saudi diplomats will the UK now expel in solidarity with Canada's admirable criticism of human rights in Saudi Arabia?
This is a badge of honor and a challenge to other foreign govts to demonstrate a similar degree of courage and political will to challenge human rights abuses in #SaudiArabia (or #Philippines & #Indonesia )
This is a badge of honor and a challenge to other foreign govts to demonstrate a similar degree of courage and political will to challenge human rights abuses in #SaudiArabia (or #Philippines & #Indonesia )
I suspect Trump's attack on Canada inspired the House of Saudi to take this action. The time/sequencing is not a coincidence. Woudn't be surprised if MBS checked with Jared first.
Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Ambassador Over Rights Criticism via
"Faced with economic troubles at home, and a restless, young population, the crown prince has carried out a crackdown that is extraordinary even by the standards of an absolute monarchy that has never allowed much room for free speech."