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Ottawa, Aug 8 (Canadian-Media): As the tension between Canada and Saudi Arabia escalated over Canada's Canada’s criticism of the country’s human-rights record, the latest move by the Saudi Government was to eliminate new Canadian investments, media reports said.
Saudi Arabia's main state wheat buying agency has told grains exporters it will no longer buy Canadian wheat and barley in an attempt to punish Canada economically after Global Affairs Canada had publicly criticized the Kingdom for jailing dissidents.
"As of Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO) can no longer accept milling wheat or feed barley cargoes of Canadian origin to be supplied," the notice to grain traders said.
In 2017, Canada had also sold 132,000 tonnes of barley to the country, two times as much as it did the previous year.
United States (U.S.), Canada's close ally, also declined to defend Canada during its conflict with Saudi Arabia.
Heather Nauert, State Department spokeswoman noted the Americans have a “regular dialogue with the government of Saudi Arabia on human rights and other issues.”
"Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together. We can't do it for them, they need to resolve it together," Nauert said in a briefing.
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Canada must withdraw its recent criticism of his country's human rights record.
Yesterday the Saudi Arabian government had announced plans to withdraw all Saudi students from Canadian universities, colleges and other schools.
Starting next week, the national Saudi Arabian airline, Saudia said that all flights between the country and Canada would be suspended.
Saudi Arabia did not like the interference of Canada when it expressed concern of how the recent additional arrests of civil society and women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia.had undone the progress the country achieved under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
In a tweet Canada's Foreign Ministry had requested Saudi Arabia to release all the peaceful human rights activists.
But Saudi Arabia had taken this request as an an attack on the kingdom and has granted the Canadian ambassador 24 hours after considering the latter persona non grata.
It said that Saudi Arabia reserves the right to take further action.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)