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Russia Backs Saudi Arabia In Canada Feud

Russia Backs Saudi Arabia In Canada Feud

At the same time, Trudeau explained that the diplomatic talks with Riyadh would continue, "but without taking a single step back from the criticism of the Foreign Minister regarding the arrest of Saudi activists".

Freeland called for the release of women's rights activist Samar Badawi (pictured), sister of jailed dissident writer Raif Badawi, each of whom have been given 10-year jail sentences, with 1,000 lashes, for "insulting Islam".

The top diplomats exchanged views on regional issues, the statement said, adding that the phone call also addressed the recent rift between Canada and Saudi Arabia.

The hajj takes place August 19-24 in Saudi Arabia and it is expected of all Muslims to make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime, Anadolu News Agency reported.

"Pakistan stands by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in protecting its sovereignty as a matter of principle and based on the historic and brotherly relations between our two countries", Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said on Thursday.

The Canadian government's dispute with Saudi Arabia has leaders in Saskatchewan concerned about energy and agriculture trading. Instead, he explained that "Canada will always speak strongly and clearly in private and public on questions of human rights".

The decision to pull Saudi students from studying in Canada comes as a response to mounting criticism of human rights abuses in the kingdom.

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The senior official, who asked not to be identified due to the sensitivity of the diplomacy, said Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke with her counterparts in the two European nations. "Canada made a big mistake. and a mistake should be corrected".

"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".

On August 6, Saudi Arabia told Saudi students studying in Canada that their scholarships for studying overseas are being suspended and to move their studies elsewhere, such as the United States or the United Kingdom.

According to the CBC, the Saudi Students' Association of Canada has told students not to speak with media.

A trip package can cost around CAN$15,000 and Omar Alghabra of the Canadian Foreign Affairs Ministry said there is a lot of "legitimate anxiety".

"Increasingly, both ministers and departments in this government have started using Twitter as a primary means of expressing concern and that has already caused a number of embarrassments for Trudeau".