Saudi Arabia: 'There is nothing to mediate' in dispute with Canada

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Responding to the criticism, the kingdom expelled Canada's ambassador and asked their own ambassador to return from the North American country.

Saudi investments in Canada include G3 Global Holdings Ltd., a joint venture between Bunge Ltd. and Saudi Agricultural & Livestock Investment Co., which purchased the former Canadian Wheat Board in 2015.

The UK also expressed "strong" support for human rights, and said it "regularly" raises concerns with the kingdom, but did not mention the specific case of the Badawis. "Canada knows what it needs to do", he said.

Travel to the country will also be affected in light of an announcement from Saudia Airlines on Tuesday that it will suspend flights to and from Canada starting August 13.

Saudi Arabia's main state wheat buying agency told grains exporters it will no longer accept Canadian-origin grains in worldwide tenders, European traders said. The state airline operates at least two routes flying from Toronto.

But if this was an attempt by Saudi Arabia to push down Canadian markets, the move had limited success. On Monday, Freeland doubled down on the position by saying Canadians expect their government's foreign policy to be guided by their values. We are going to continue to enunciate what we believe are the appropriate ways of dealing with citizens, " Finance Minister Bill Morneau said on Tuesday. "We have always said that the politicization of human rights matters is unacceptable", Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement posted on the ministry's website.

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The European Commission said it's seeking clarification about the arrest of activists in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi neighbours Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have voiced solidarity with Riyadh, according to media reports.

Saudi scholarship recipients to Canadian universities were ordered to other countries.

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"We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful human rights activists".

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, said the kingdom was still "considering additional measures" against Canada.

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