Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Wednesday there is "nothing to mediate" in the kingdom's escalating diplomatic dispute with Canada, and Ottawa knew what it needed to do to "fix its big mistake".
The kingdom was considering implementing additional measures against Canada, said Adel al-Jubeir, speaking at a press conference in Riyadh. He did not elaborate.
Iraq urges Saudi, Canada to resolve diplomatic row
Iraq’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday called on Saudi Arabia and Canada to resolve a dispute that has strained relations between the two countries. In a statement, the ministry urged Riyadh and Ottawa to “get over this stage and give priority to the supreme interests of the two countries” in light of “the long history of positive relations and need of mutual respect of sovereignty”.On Monday, Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador and froze new trade ties with Canada, which it accused of interfering in its internal affairs after the latter called for the immediate release of jailed activists in the Kingdom.Saudi Arabia sells off Canadian assets as dispute escalates“While the sovereignty of countries and human rights are urgent necessities, the difficult circumstances surrounding the region and the world, the increasing tensions and the growing terrorism are equally important and necessary factors for the protection of international peace and security, " the Iraqi ministry asserted.US urges Saudi Arabia, Canada to resolve diplomatic rowOn Thursday, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland voiced concern over the detainment of human rights activist Samar Badawi, sister of jailed Saudi activist and writer Raif Badawi, and called on Saudi Arabia to free them.The Saudi Foreign Ministry said the "so-called civil society activists" had been detained on lawful terms and that Canada's request for their release was "interference in the Kingdom’s domestic affairs, against basic international norms and all international protocols".
Saudi Arabia sells off Canadian assets as dispute escalates
Saudi Arabia is selling Canadian assets in an escalating row after Ottawa criticized the arrest of a female activist, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing sources.The Saudi central bank and state pension funds have instructed their overseas asset managers to dispose of their Canadian equities, bonds and cash holdings "no matter the cost", according to the report. (https://on.ft.com/2M6CSjD)Saudis escalate diplomatic row with CanadaThe sell-off began on Tuesday and underlines how the Saudi government is flexing its financial and political muscle to warn foreign powers against what it regards as interference in its sovereign affairs, the FT said.Saudi Arabia froze new trade and investment with Canada and expelled the Canadian ambassador this week, in an escalating row after Ottawa urged the country to free rights activists.The Saudi Central Bank did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A representative with Canada's ministry of global affairs did not immediately have a comment.