Canada Canada an 'easy' target for Saudi Arabia: analysts

19:26  06 august  2018
19:26  06 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador

  Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador"We consider the Canadian ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours," Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry said on Twitter.

Negative impacts of the Saudi Arabian investment and trade embargo may be overshadowed by Canada 's higher inflation and better than expected economic growth . The BoC, which recently raised rates to 1.5% at their July meeting

Saudi Arabia has said it is freezing all new trade and investment with Canada over its "interference" in the Gulf Kingdom's internal affairs. Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women’s rights activists in # SaudiArabia , including Samar Badawi.

Chrystia Freeland holding a cell phone: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland issued a statement saying Ottawa is seeking greater clarity on the recent statements from Saudi Arabia. © REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/File Photo Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland issued a statement saying Ottawa is seeking greater clarity on the recent statements from Saudi Arabia.

OTTAWA - Analysts say Saudi Arabia's decision to expel Canada's ambassador and freeze new trade deals will resonate in the region and rally support domestically.

Saudi Arabia announced the measures Sunday, days after Global Affairs Canada tweeted that it's concerned about the arrests of civil society and women's rights activists in the country.

Bessma Momani, an anaylst on Middle East affairs and professor at the University of Waterloo, says the move resonates positively among Saudis and other countries in the region.

Momani says for now Ottawa should be patient and level-headed.

Thomas Juneau, a professor at the University of Ottawa, says it's "fairly easy" for Saudi Arabia to "punish" Canada because the relationship is not important.

Juneau says the move is intended to send a message to other countries that it won't accept criticism.

Marie-Pier Baril, a spokeswoman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Sunday that the department is concerned by media reports and is seeking clarity on the statement from Saudi Arabia.

Canada’s dispute with Saudi Arabia has agriculture industry on edge .
Market access is not a new problem for the grain industry and this latest tiff with Saudi Arabia adds to the struggle."The consequences are quite negative extensively, everywhere," says business manager John Van Hierden.

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