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Canada said it was seeking "clarity".

"We have a regular dialogue with the government of Saudi Arabia on human rights and also other issues", she said, adding later that "we would encourage the government of Saudi Arabia overall to address and respect due process and also publicize information on some of its legal cases".

The leading Saudi women's rights campaigner Manal al-Sharif thanked Canada for "speaking up" and asked when other Western powers would do the same.

On Thursday, Aug. 2, Chrystia Freeland, Canada's foreign minister, sent out a tweet regarding human rights in the Middle East kingdom. Some believe they did...

"For all of those lost deals with authoritarian governments resulting from our human rights-centric policy, there's a whole host of contracts that we are getting because we honor human rights".

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Riyahd immediately hit back at the claims as "blatant interference" in the country's internal affairs, and proceeded to expel the Canadian ambassador and suspend all new trade and investment before considering further action. Raif Badawi, who won Europe's top human rights prize in 2015, was later sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam while blogging.

Yes. In 2015, Riyadh recalled its ambassador to Sweden and stopped issuing work visas for Swedes after the European Union member country's foreign minister described a court decision related to Raif Badawi as "medieval" and the kingdom's ruling Al Saud family as presiding over a "dictatorship". The Canadian foreign ministry said it was "gravely concerned" about the advocates being detained without cause.

A number of countries in the region have defended Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi foreign ministry statement expressed "disbelief [at] this negative unfounded comment, which was not based [on] any accurate or true information".

"The Kingdom views the Canadian position as an affront to the Kingdom that requires a sharp response to prevent any party from attempting to meddle with Saudi sovereignty", according to a statement by the Saudi foreign ministry.

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Saudi Arabia also called backed its ambassador from Ottawa and ordered Canada's chief envoy out of the country.

Trade between Canada and Saudi Arabia exceeded $4-billion (€ 3.4 billion) previous year, a significant portion of it came from a controversial multibillion-dollar deal to sell combat vehicles equipped with machine guns and cannons to the Saudis, according to The Globe and Mail.

Coleman said it was unclear Tuesday how many students were sponsored by the Saudi Arabia government. Students already in the country would be relocated. At McGill University, in Montreal, it said they now have 327 students enrolled from Saudia Arabia.

The sudden deterioration in the Saudi-Canadian relationship is likely grabbing the attention of people in the city of London, Ont., more than anywhere else in the country.

The 32-year-old crown prince, set to be the first millennial to occupy the throne in a country where half the population is under 25, has introduced a string of reforms such as lifting a decades-long ban on women drivers.

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