Canada to seek UAE, UK help in resolving rift with Saudi Arabia

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government is asking the UK and UAE to mediate in his country's diplomatic rift with Saudi Arabia, says a Reuters report. (REUTERS/File Photo)
Updated 08 August 2018

Canada to seek UAE, UK help in resolving rift with Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi Arabia on Sunday recalled its ambassador to Ottawa, expelled Canada' s envoy, and banned new trade to protest Canada's meddling in the Kingdom's internal affairs
  •  Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland has been blamed for starting the rift

JEDDAH: Canada plans to seek help from United Arab Emirates and Britain to defuse an escalating diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia, Reuters reported on Tuesday, as traders revealed the Arab state would no longer buy Canadian wheat and barley.

The Saudi government on Sunday recalled its ambassador to Ottawa, barred Canada's ambassador to Riyadh and placed a ban on new trade, denouncing Canada for urging the release of rights activists. Riyadh accused Ottawa on Tuesday of interfering in its internal affairs.

One well-placed source told Reuters the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau planned to reach out to the United Arab Emirates.

"The key is to work with allies and friends in the region to cool things down, which can happen quickly," said one source, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Another source told Reuters that Canada would also seek help from Britain. The British government on Tuesday urged Canada and Saudi Arabia to show restraint.

The office of Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, whose statements started the rift with Saudi Arabia, did not respond to requests for comment.

Meanwhile, European traders said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia's main wheat-buying agency has told grains exporters it will no longer accept Canadian-origin wheat and barley.



Saudi Arabia shoots down ballistic missile fired by Houthi terrorists

Updated 18 August 2018

Saudi Arabia shoots down ballistic missile fired by Houthi terrorists

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militia toward the southern city of Najran.

The attack is the latest in a series of missile launches targeting densely populated residential areas of Saudi Arabia, including Jazan and Najran, close to the border with Yemen.

Saudi-led Arab coalition’s spokesman, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that Saudi aerial defense forces intercepted a missile launched by the Iran-backed militia.

Al-Maliki said that the missile targeted Najran and was aimed at civilian populated areas, but the defense forces were able to intercept and destroy the projectile without any casualties.

The spokesperson added that “this hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the Iranian regime’s continued involvement in supporting the rebels with qualitative capabilities in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolution 2216 and 2231 aimed at safeguarding Saudi Arabia’s security and any regional and international threats.”