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Trudeau stands firm amid dispute with Saudi Arabia

13 August, 2018, 03:32 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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Hoffrogge said the company supports Canada's position on human rights but questioned whether Twitter diplomacy was an effective tool.

Morneau said his department has been watching developments as they unfolded to gauge the effects on Canada's economy, but no retaliation is on the table as yet.

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

The round the clock action is to implement the directives to stop the training, scholarship and fellowship programs now in place in Canada.

He called the challenges created by the dispute "unprecedented" and "a bit surprising", but he stressed that Canada's in a very good economic situation.

"We have not seen significant changes in our markets, so whatever may or may not be happening is clearly not a big impact on our markets", he said. But uncertainty over the state of affairs between the two countries continued to hang over Ottawa.

The Prime Minister said that Freeland held extensive talks with her Saudi counterpart, Adel Al-Jubeir, on Tuesday, without giving further details. "We can't do it for them, they need to resolve it together", Nauert said in a briefing. Nevertheless, he highlighted that Canada continues to "engage diplomatically and politically" with Saudi Arabia, saying that the country has "respect for [Saudi's] importance in the world and recognize [s] that they have made progress on a number of important issues".

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The Canadian government's dispute with Saudi Arabia has leaders in Saskatchewan concerned about energy and agriculture trading.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood firm, saying: "Canada will always speak strongly and clearly in private and in public on questions of human rights ... at home and overseas, wherever we see the need".

The Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau's Canadian website claims that 95 per cent of foreign medical trainees in Canada are from the kingdom.

On Thursday, Premier Scott Moe and outgoing agriculture minister Lyle Stewart were asked about how a trade freeze between the two countries would affect Saskatchewan.

Ukraine exported 1.9 million tonnes of barley to Saudi Arabia in the July 2017-June 2018 season and APK-Inform said that this season's export volume would be at least the same level despite a smaller harvest.

The fate of a $15-billion arms contract signed by the federal government in 2014 is still unknown.



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