Students Scramble For Info After Saudi Arabia Pulls Canadian Scholarships

Students Scramble For Info After Saudi Arabia Pulls Canadian Scholarships

Students Scramble For Info After Saudi Arabia Pulls Canadian Scholarships

On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia said it was cancelling all medical treatment programmes in Canada and was moving citizens to hospitals outside of the country.

Now, Saudi Arabia's state airline has announced the suspension of its direct flights to Canada, starting August 13. Canadian officials say they'll also seek help from the United Arab Emirates, who will nearly certainly take the side of Saudi Arabia.

The ministry recalled its ambassador to Canada for consultations and declared the Canadian ambassador persona non grata, giving him 24 hours to leave.

"We're waiting for answers on how Saudi Arabia intends to go forward with the relationship", she said.

Saudi state television later reported that the Education Ministry was coming up with an "urgent plan" to move thousands of Saudi scholarship students out of Canadian schools to take classes in other countries.

His case long has been raised by worldwide human rights groups and Western diplomats, including Canadians, who have called on Saudi Arabia to free him.

In recent months, Saudi Arabia has reacted more aggressively against countries that it perceives as intervening in its internal affairs. "We will be reaching out to them to try to support them as best we can", said Darling.

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. "They don't know exactly what's going to happen to them", Castellanos said.

Canada's arms trade to Saudi Arabia, which is led by what is widely viewed as a deeply repressive regime, has raised numerous complaints from human rights and arms-control groups. Ottawa should stop doing business with unreliable partners and stick to conducting trade with its allies, Mathyssen said. His wife, Ensaf Haidar, lives in Canada and received Canadian citizenship in July.

Sources told Reuters news agency that Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will most likely turn to the UAE for assistance, after Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic and trade ties with Canada.

Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for "insulting Islam" online back in 2014.

"Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said during a press briefing.

There has been a kingdom-wide crackdown on women's rights activists in the past few weeks with many being detained without charges.

Wong pointed out that Universities Canada, a consortium of the country's universities and colleges, has expressed its concerns to Ottawa about the future of Saudi students.

Guido Steinberg, a Middle East expert at the German Institute for global and Security Affairs, believes there are two reasons why Saudi Arabia has reacted so harshly to the statements from the Canadian Foreign Ministry.

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