Saudi Arabian Airlines Suspending Flights To and From Canada

Saudi Arabian Airlines Suspending Flights To and From Canada

Saudi Arabian Airlines Suspending Flights To and From Canada

Riyadh said that amounted to "a blatant interference in the Kingdom's domestic affairs, against basic global norms and all worldwide protocols".

State-run television has reported that Riyadh will stop training, scholarship and fellowship programs in Canada - a move that will apparently affect the scholarships of more than 15,000 students attending university in Canada.

About 70 University of Windsor students from Saudi Arabia could be forced to leave Canada after the kingdom issued a decree ordering thousands of its citizens to study in different countries.

However, supporters of women's rights were arrested just weeks before the ban was lifted, signaling that only King Salman and his powerful son, Crown Prince Mohammed, will decide the pace of change. Despite those ideals, however, the country has continued to take aggressive actions against some neighbours, and concerns about domestic human rights practices persist. Niagara actually has campuses in Saudi Arabia, but says it's unaware of any impact on those operations. She said "we are in favour of a dialogue".

"All Saudia flights from/to Toronto, Canada will be suspended starting from 13 Aug 2018", the airline wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. The state airline operates at least two routes flying from Toronto.

The Minister of Media Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad said in a statement that the cabinet renewed the kingdom's absolute rejection of the negative and surprising position of the Canadian government. "Canada will always stand up for human rights in Canada and around the world, and women's rights are human rights".

Several Arab nations in the region have expressed support for their Saudi allies in the dispute with Canada.

Analysts said the Middle East had been importing less wheat from Canada and the United States in recent years due to higher shipping costs, while China has become a bigger barley buyer.

Kocijancic said the commission wants to understand the allegations against the activists and to ensure they receive a fair trial.

"We're reaching out ... to identify their circumstances, what their needs are, whether they have families with them", she said.

"The students have been asked by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to continue their studies if they are now registered in the spring and summer session, but to deregister or cancel their registration for the fall of 2018 and to leave Canada within four weeks of the departure of the Canadian ambassador to Riyadh", said Livia Castellanos, the university's associate vice-president (international).

Who is Dennis Horak and where is he now? In little more than a year, the kingdom has led a four-country coalition that severed ties with neighbouring Qatar, recalled its ambassador to Germany and cut back its trade dealings with some German companies amid a diplomatic row.

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