Saudi Arabia declares Canadian ambassador persona non grata, orders him to leave in 24 hours
[ARABNEWS] Soddy Arabia
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has declared the ambassador of Canada persona non grata and ordered him to leave in 24 hours, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday.
The Kingdom is also recalling its ambassador to Ottawa and that it is freezing all new business and investment transactions with Canada "while retaining its right to take further action," the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
The ministry said it has told the Canadian foreign minister and embassy in Riyadh of its objection to their interference in the case of "civil society activists" who were placed in durance vile
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in the Kingdom. Canada has been pressing the Kingdom to release them immediately.
"This negative and surprising position from Canada is totally false" and that the arrests were done by the competent authority, the Public Prosecutor's Office, in accordance with the law, the statement said. "The legitimate rights (of those arrested) have not been denied and they were provided with all guarantees during the investigation and trial stages," the statement said.
The ministry also affirmed that the Canadian position "is an explicit and clear 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."
Posted by: Fred 2018-08-06