Students Scramble For Info After Saudi Arabia Pulls Canadian Scholarships

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The diplomatic spat between Canada and Saudi Arabia that has seen the Middle Eastern nation halt all global trade between the two nations is "troubling", a Canadian farm group says, noting the dispute comes amidst rising protectionism in a number of key trading markets.

Travel to the country will also be affected in light of an announcement from Saudia Airlines on Tuesday that it will suspend flights to and from Canada starting August 13.

Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Singapore are also on the list of potential destination countries, Harbash said.

Saudi Arabia first responded by kicking out the Canadian ambassador, recalling its own ambassador home from Canada and freezing new trade deals.

"Any other attempt to interfere with our internal affairs from Canada, means that we are allowed to interfere in Canada's internal affairs", the ministry said.

The president of Okanagan College said the school estimates that if its 65 new and returning students from Saudi Arabia don't attend the school next year, its revenue will decrease by $850,000.

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Next, came as a blow to Saudi exchange students studying in Canada on state-sponsored scholarship programmes, which have been suspended.

Only one student will be affected at Mount Royal University.

Ms. Nauert told reporters at the State Department Tuesday that Washington is well aware of human rights concerns regarding Saudi Arabia, but she avoided taking a hard position on the Canada-Saudi spat.

"I give Chrystia Freeland high marks as foreign minister, but the government needs to pick up its game on this issue", Mr. Baird said.

If this hostility continues and Saudi Arabia chooses to cut off its oil supply to Canada, the East Coast might see an oil and gasoline shortage in the coming months.

"We're reaching out ... to identify their circumstances, what their needs are, whether they have families with them", she said. It follows Ottawa's rebuke of Riyadh for the arrest of a number of human rights activists. She was given the US International Women of Courage Award in 2012.

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About a decade ago, the country's rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless the United Kingdom stopped investigating corrupt Saudi arms deals. But so far, America's northern neighbor is sticking to its guns-no matter how many plane memes Saudi Arabia sends their way.

Amnesty International has said Badawi, the sister of jailed blogger Raif Badawi, was recently detained along with Nassima al-Sada, another prominent female activist.

Though Canada is an official US ally through North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the USA also has deep financial and diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Kingdom was less than thrilled about Canada's "interference", saying it had no business to meddle in its local affairs.

Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Ottawa and ordered its Canadian envoy to Riyadh to leave within 24 hours, according to a Saudi Foreign Ministry statement. In 2015, Riyadh recalled its ambassador to Sweden and stopped issuing work visas for Swedes after the European Union member country's foreign minister described the Badawi court decision as "medieval" and the kingdom's ruling Saud family as presiding over a "dictatorship".

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