Saudi decision to withdraw scholarship students will affect dozens in Calgary

Lamar Ellis
August 10, 2018

Counting several Saudi diplomatic figures among its more than 350,000 followers, the now-deleted account is run by volunteers and managed by Saudi youth with an interest in technology and social media, according to an affiliated website.

After Saudi authorities arrested women's rights activist Samar Badawi last week, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland tweeted that Canada "stands together" with Badawi and her detained sister, who is also an activist, Raif Badawi.

Canada's remarks are "an affront to the kingdom that requires a sharp response to prevent any party from attempting to meddle with Saudi sovereignty", the Ministry said in the news release.

On Monday, the Saudi foreign ministry tweeted: 'The kingdom announces that it is recalling its ambassador to Canada for consultation.

Freeland also commented briefly on reports that Saudi Arabia is cancelling scholarships for more than 15,000 Saudi students attending university in Canada, saying it would be a "shame" if those students lost the opportunity to study in Canada.

This included a Tweet suggesting a 9/11-style attack on Toronto.

Analysts described Saudi Arabia's actions as a broader message to the world and an effort to demarcate the limits of reforms ushered in by the 32-year-old crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

But the country's reactions don't stop there. Niagara actually has campuses in Saudi Arabia, but says it's unaware of any impact on those operations.

Harbash added that they are capable of transferring all Saudi students from Canada to countries with cultural missions in the US, UK, New Zealand and Australia, all of which are considered countries with top education institutions, and have good relations with Saudi Arabia. "And we stand with our government in this decision". "This is something where we know we need to lead with our values". The state airline operates at least two routes flying from Toronto.

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He said the Canadian investments in Saudi Arabia are still ongoing, but it's looking implementing additional measures against Ottawa.

The city's General Dynamics Land Systems plant has been providing light armoured vehicles to Saudi security forces, thanks to a $15-billion contract signed by the Canadian government in 2014. In response, Canada pledged to continue advocating human rights.

Ottawa has long refused to deepen ties with the Saudi government over the country's track record on human rights.

"We would encourage the government of Saudi Arabia overall to address and respect due process" Ms Nauert said.

The European Commission said it's seeking clarification about the arrest of activists in Saudi Arabia.

Castellanos added the decision by Saudi Arabia is also a hit to the university's diversity, calling the Saudi students very important cohorts of the U of R.

The Saudi government on Sunday recalled its ambassador to Ottawa, barred Canada's envoy from returning and placed a ban on new trade, after Canada urged it to release jailed rights activists.

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