Saudi Arabia today declared the Canadian Ambassador to be "persona non grata" and gave him 24 hours to get out of their country. In addition, the Saudis have placed an immediate FREEZE on all new trade and all new Investment transaction with Canada!
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued the following statement (Google Translate):
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia briefed the Canadian Foreign Minister and the Canadian Embassy in the Kingdom on what they called civil society activists who were arrested in the Kingdom and urged the authorities in the Kingdom to release them immediately.
The Ministry affirms that this negative and surprising position from Canada is a totally false and totally false claim to the truth and that no information or facts have been established and that the arrest of those mentioned has been done by the competent authority, the Public Prosecutor's Office, Their legitimate rights and the law and provided them with all guarantees during the investigation and trial stages.
The ministry also affirmed that the Canadian position is an explicit and transparent interference in the internal affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and contrary to the most basic international norms and all the charters that govern relations between countries. It is a great and unacceptable transgression against the Kingdom's regulations and procedures and in violation of the judicial authority in the Kingdom. In its long history, Saudi Arabia has not and will not accept intervention in its internal affairs or impose dictates on it from any country. The Canadian position is an attack on Saudi Arabia that requires a firm stance towards it. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expresses its absolute and categorical rejection of the position of the Canadian Government. It affirms its keenness not to interfere in the affairs of the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Internal affairs of states including Canada and categorically rejects
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia calls upon the Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in Canada to consult and considers the Canadian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia as an undesirable person and he must leave the Kingdom within the next 24 hours. All new business and investment transactions between the Kingdom and Canada while retaining its right to take further action.
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This just in: Saudi Arabia has also RECALLED their Ambassador from Canada!