Saudi freeze in Canada likely of little impact

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The Saudi Press Agency said Thursday that the "diplomatic crisis" wouldn't affect the kingdom's petroleum supplies to Canada.

Saudi Arabia's central bank and pension funds have already begun selling Canadian assets, according to people familiar with the matter.

The EU has been seeking clarifications from Saudi authorities on the circumstances around the arrests of women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia since the first arrests in May, Kocinjancic told reporters.

Freeland took some criticism for using Twitter to push Canada's foreign policy positions, but Trudeau defended the tactic, saying Canada would continue to use all the communications tools available to make its case.

"These are relationships that we expect our federal government to continually navigate", Moe said, "And [assure] we have the opportunity to provide those products logistically while we continue to work with these nations on issues such as human rights".

But while Saudi Arabia has been getting messages of support from regional allies and even rivals like Russia, Canada's Western allies - even those who had experienced similar Saudi outbursts in the past, such as Germany and Sweden - have chose to keep out of the latest dispute, at least publicly.

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday ruled out any mediation in an escalating diplomatic row with Canada, adding that the kingdom was considering further punitive measures against Ottawa.

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Canada exported CA$1.37 billion worth of goods to Saudi Arabia past year, mostly tanks and other armored fighting vehicles and their parts, according to Statistics Canada.

Tensions have been high since Monday, when Riyadh expelled Canada's ambassador, recalled its own envoy and froze all new trade and investments after Ottawa denounced a crackdown on rights activists in Saudi Arabia. "It's a situation that we have to watch - but there isn't a big economic challenge".

Ukraine did not sell wheat to Saudi Arabia in 2016, being the main exporter of barley in this country.

Morneau later said he "can't yet fully quantify" the impacts in Canada of the Saudi actions, since Ottawa is still trying to collect information on their full scope.

"It was supposed to be a blatant threat that said that if you mess with us, we'll pull off a 9/11 on you".

The world's other major military power, the United States, has stayed neutral in the dispute, after Canada similarly antagonized President Donald Trump earlier this year by publicly denouncing his stances on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, immigration and trade.

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

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