Saudi Arabia freezes new trade and investment ties with Canada. The Ministry of foreign Affairs recalled its Ambassador from Canada. On Monday according to TV channel Al Arabiya, citing Saudi Press Agency.
According to him, the canadian Ambassador given 24 hours to leave the Kingdom. He declared “unwanted person” in the country.
The reason for this decision, obviously, was Canada’s reaction to the detention of social activists in Saudi Arabia. We will remind, in may in the country have been arrested at least six activists fighting for the rights of women.
Saudi authorities suspect them of “creating a criminal cell that represents a threat to state security. Were charged with the fact that they are using “contacts with foreign institutions” allegedly “sought to undermine the country’s stability and public order” of the Kingdom. They are also suspected of “violating religious principles”.
August 3, foreign Affairs Canada Twitter expressed “serious concern at the arrests of civil society activists and fighters for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia”.
“We call on Saudi authorities to immediately release them and other peaceful fighters for human rights”, — stated in the tweet the canadian Ministry.
5 Aug Riyadh commented that the statement of Canada on “civil society activists” were negative, and untrue. The power of the Kingdom added that will not allow anyone to interfere in the internal Affairs of the country.