Saudi Airlines suspends all flights to and from Canada amid growing dispute

"Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together". She was given the US International Women of Courage Award in 2012.

Saudi Arabia responded to the criticism with an array of sanctions that included suspending flights to Canada, expelling the Canadian ambassador, freezing all business between the two countries and terminating its student exchange program.

The most high-profile case - and the one specifically referenced by Canadian Global Affairs - is that of Saudi activist Samar Badawi and her blogger brother Raif Badawi.

"They have a life here that they are going to leave and they are being taken away from", she said.

"Some of these issues we choose to discuss privately with our friends, with our partners, with our allies", Nauert said.

How did Saudi Arabia react?

It is unclear how many people this will affect, however, the Vancouver Sun said in 2015 about 5,000 news students arrive from Saudi Arabia each year. "I am not going to characterize this". The British government on Tuesday urged Canada and Saudi Arabia to show restraint.

Castellanos added the decision by Saudi Arabia is also a hit to the university's diversity, calling the Saudi students very important cohorts of the U of R.

Ms. Freeland has been unapologetic about the statements she and her department made on Twitter, one of which was also tweeted in Arabic by the Canadian embassy in Riyadh.

On Monday, Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir again criticised Canada's calls to free arrested civil society activists as a position built on "misleading" information.

"@zaidbenjamin said: "The graph raised concerns about an 9/11 reference". "This is going to be bad news for Canadian jobs and the Canadian economy". Permits for the deal were subsequently approved by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government in 2016.

Mohammad bin Abdullah al-Zulfi, a Saudi political analyst and former member of the country's Shura Council, a government advisory body, said he is proud of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his government's response to Canada.

But Canada isn't the first foreign country to raise the Saudis' ire.

Tensions between Canada and Saudi Arabia continued into Tuesday, with the Saudis announcing they are cutting all purchases of Canadian wheat and barley. VIU is set to lose more than $650,000 in critical global student tuition fees in the fall semester alone.

But the damage could be more significant if a $15 billion deal agreed in 2014 for Canada to sell Riyadh light armoured vehicles is scrapped, as thousands of jobs in Canada could be lost, Juneau said. It also suspended new trade dealings with Canada. But, he added, "Given the volatility of the actors over there, it's anybody's guess what happens".

The airline now operates at least two routes flying out of Toronto's Pearson International Airport - one to the Saudi capital city of Riyadh, the other to the city of Jeddah.

Last year, Canadian exports to Saudi Arabia were nearly $1.5 billion, while imports from the Middle Eastern country were about $2.6 billion. He said the Saudi reaction is driven by frustration that has accumulated over several years.

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