Canada asks for help in dispute with Saudi Arabia

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"The Faculty of Medicine is hopeful that the issues between Canada and Saudi Arabia can be resolved and that our Saudi Arabian postgraduate medical trainees can complete their programs without disruption, and continue to support the health care needs of British Columbians", Wong said.

According to the Alberta government, 233 worldwide students studying in the province listed Saudi Arabia as their country of citizenship from 2016-2017, and that about 130 of those students are studying at the U of A, with 50 of them completing their medical residency. One media report said Saudi banks and pension funds were ordered to sell off their Canadian assets, although that report remains unconfirmed.

The Canadian government's dispute with Saudi Arabia has leaders in Saskatchewan concerned about energy and agriculture trading.

"We join Canada in urging Saudi Arabia to release women's rights activists Samar Badawi and Nassimaal Sada", said the statement signed by 22 non-governmental groups and individuals, including the Nobel Women's Initiatve, Oxfam, and Lawyers without Borders.


Germany and Sweden previously were targets of Saudi backlashes for calling out the kingdom over human rights abuses.

The EU has been seeking clarifications from Saudi authorities on the circumstances around the arrests of women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia since the first arrests in May, Kocinjancic told reporters. "It's a situation that we have to watch - but there isn't a big economic challenge".

Saudi Arabia's move had a brief impact on the Canadian dollar, with the loonie depreciating as much as 0.5 percent to CA$1.3120 per US dollar Wednesday after the Financial Times reported the Saudi central bank and state pension funds instructed overseas asset managers to dispose of Canadian assets.

"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".


State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.

"Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together".

But several of those going say they used a contact number provided by the airline, but there was no answer when they telephoned.

"I don't think things like this should be handled through Twitter", he said.


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