This after it suspended direct flights to Canada by its state airline and ordered the withdrawal of 12,000 Saudi students who are in Canada on state-sponsored scholarships.
Saudi Arabia is considering additional measures against Canada amid reports it plans to unload its holdings of Canadian stocks and bonds as a dispute over women's rights activists intensifies. Washington Post foreign affairs writer Ishaan Tharoor joins CBSN to break down the diplomatic spat. " It subsequently froze all new trade agreements with Canada and gave the Canadian ambassador to Riyadh 24 hours to leave".
Days after it broke off diplomatic relations with Canada, the Saudi government is now selling off the kingdom's Canadian holdings, according to a news report, and it's doing it in a way that's likely created to push down the market value of Canadian assets.
The Persian Gulf country is, however, a major supplier of oil to Canada, with about nine per cent of Canada's oil imports coming from Saudi Arabia.
"We've been pretty clear in our dealings around the world and specifically in Saudi Arabia that we know that it's important that we bring Canadian values around the world".
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The move was in response to tweets from Global Affairs Canada and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland criticizing Saudi Arabia's arrest of women's rights activists, including Samar Badawi, a Canadian citizen whose brother - blogger Raif Badawi - was already imprisoned in the kingdom.
Responding to a question about the reason for the activists' arrests, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said that charges against them would be made public once their cases reach the courts, repeating earlier allegations that they had been in touch with foreign entities.
Canada has indicated it will not back down, despite the risk of imperilling business deals including a $15 billion (13 billion euros) agreement to sell Riyadh light armoured vehicles.
"We have always said that the politicisation of human rights matters is unacceptable", Zakharova said.