Trudeau stands firm amid dispute with Saudi Arabia

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 10, 2018

Saudi Arabia's diplomatic dispute with Canada will not affect state oil firm Aramco's clients in Canada, the country's energy minister said.

Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal.

"Pakistan stands by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in protecting its sovereignty as a matter of principle and based on the historic and brotherly relations between our two countries", Dr. Faisal added.

Dr. Faisal said that Pakistan always supported the sovereignty of states and the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states, adding that both these aspects are enshrined in the UN Charter and are among the basic tenets of global law as well as the foundation of peaceful and friendly inter-state relations.

The kingdom was angry at Ottawa for openly denouncing a crackdown on rights activists in Saudi Arabia.

They also called for Riyadh to "immediately release" women activists in detention, and commended Freeland "for her uncompromising stand for human rights, and for her bold leadership in walking the talk on women's rights globally".

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood firm, saying: "Canada will always speak strongly and clearly in private and in public on questions of human home and overseas, wherever we see the need".

The Saudi Ambassador to Canada said in an interview with al Arabiya television on Thursday that Trudeau's comments were positive, but more needed to be done.

Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir two days ago ruled out any mediation efforts and said the kingdom was considering taking more measures against Canada for interfering in Saudi Arabia's domestic affairs.

"Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together. They need to resolve it together", US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a briefing on Wednesday.

In March 2015, Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador from Stockholm over criticism by the Swedish foreign minister of Riyadh's human rights record.

The move came after Germany's foreign minister last November remarked that Lebanon was a "pawn" of Saudi Arabia after the surprise resignation of its Prime Minister Saad Hariri while in Riyadh.

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