Pakistan supports Saudi Arabia in diplomatic row with Canada

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The U.K.'s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that both Canada and Saudi Arabia "are close partners". But an apology from Canada or a withdrawal of the human rights concerns Canada raised, is not on the table.

Tensions have been high between the two countries since Monday after Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland tweeted to demand release of women's rights activist Samar Badawi. Her brother, blogger Raif Badawi, has been in prison since 2012 for criticizing the government, but his wife and children live in Quebec and became Canadian citizens earlier this year.

Ukraine is a major supplier of barley to Saudi Arabia but has not sold wheat to Saudi Arabia since 2016.

"We do not wish to have poor relations with Saudi Arabia", he added, saying Ottawa recognizes that Riyadh "has made progress when it comes to human rights".

But several of those going say they used a contact number provided by the airline, but there was no answer when they telephoned. Left isolated, Canada is now looking to politically correct Germany and Sweden for support.

According to the CBC, the Saudi Students' Association of Canada has told students not to speak with media.

Canada's public call for the kingdom to "immediately release" jailed human rights activists angered Saudi Arabia and the kingdom took punitive action, including canceling all flights to and from Toronto, beginning August 13.

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"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 this year, the uncertainty of getting back to Canada is causing anxiety.

Trudeau, who was heavily criticized for his 2017 tweet welcoming refugees to Canada as the US was clamping down on its asylum system, didn't apologize for making use of the medium in this situation. "I respect the rights of individual countries to make the right decisions and speak for themselves". "We will continue to use the full range of methods of communication as appropriate".

A trip package can cost around CAN$15,000 and Omar Alghabra of the Canadian Foreign Affairs Ministry said there is a lot of "legitimate anxiety".

The move came after Germany's foreign minister last November remarked that Lebanon was a "pawn" of Saudi Arabia after the surprise resignation of its Prime Minister Saad Hariri while in Riyadh.

Canada needs to learn from its mistake and work on its face-to-face diplomatic skills, said O'Toole, who nonetheless characterized the Saudi response as being "over the top".