Saudi Arabia's expulsion of Canada ambassador sends pointed message

Riyadh expels Canadian envoy for interference, recalls its own

Saudi Arabia appears to threaten Canada with 9/11-style attack

Saudi Arabia had ordered the expulsion of the Canadian envoy, as well as the halt to all new trade and investment deals between the two nations, after Canada said it was "gravely concerned" about recent arrests of activists in Saudi Arabia. On Monday, Freeland doubled down on the position by saying Canadians expect their government's foreign policy to be guided by their values.

Last week, Canada's Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed concerns over the arrests of seven Saudi civil society activists.

"We are always going to speak up for human rights, we are always going to speak up for women's rights and that is not going to change", Freeland said.

Samar is a vocal campaigner for her brother Raif Badawi, a blogger who was arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

KSA gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country, in an abrupt rupture of relations over what it slammed as "interference" in its internal affairs.

Thomas Juneau, an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, said it is hard to determine what the economic impact on Canada would be without specifics on which trade deals will be affected.

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Freeland also commented briefly on reports that Saudi Arabia is cancelling scholarships for more than 15,000 Saudi students attending university in Canada, saying it would be a "shame" if those students lost the opportunity to study in Canada.

Freeland would only tell reporters Monday that the Canadian ambassador is "fine" and would not disclose his location. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia, and Saudi royals have always been accused of complicity in the attack.

'It is now time for other governments to join Canada in increasing the pressure on Saudi Arabia to release all prisoners of conscience immediately and unconditionally, ' said Samah Hadid, Amnesty International's Middle East campaigns director.

The report also said all Saudi Arabian students now studying in Canada will be transferred to other countries.

The European Commission said it's seeking clarification about the arrest of activists in Saudi Arabia. The Twitter account has been described as "an official government" account in Saudi-owned state media, although the relationship to the Saudi state is not clear.

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