Saudis reject mediation in Canada row

There were 327 Saudi students at Mc Gill University last year.					Marie France Coallier  Montreal Gazette

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, said the kingdom was still "considering additional measures" against Canada.

Days after Saudi Arabia expelled Canada's ambassador, the country has made a decision to freeze new trade deals and force Saudi students studying in Canada to leave.

Saudi Arabia has restricted travel, medical access, and students' scholarships to Canada while using its state-owned media to bash the country as unjust.

"The matter is not about human rights, it is a matter of national security", Jubeir said, referring to the row with Canada.

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Many are now wondering if Canada's contract with Saudi Arabia - which is also highly controversial - could be at risk.

There are approximately 400 Saudi students now enrolled in programs at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and Algonquin College, according to figures provided by those institutions.

The office of Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland did not respond to requests for comment.

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Those caught up in the latest strife between Ottawa and the Saudi government include more than 15,000 students in Canada. Saudi state airline Saudi said it was suspending flights to and from Toronto.

"Understandably, many of our students have questions about how the current dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia will affect them now and in the future, and we are working hard to help them manage with the limited information that is available, and to provide individual support as they consider the next steps for their studies", he said.

Canada's arms trade to Saudi Arabia, which is led by what is widely viewed as a deeply repressive regime, has raised numerous complaints from human rights and arms-control groups.

All of this, according to the country's foreign ministry, is because of what it considers "overt and blatant interference" in the country's internal affairs.

He says there's nothing to mediate, and adds it's now up to Canada to fix its mistake.

The Canadian Press reports that Saudi students in Canadian universities have been given notice by Saudi Arabia that their scholarships have been suspended, and have a month to finish their studies and leave the country.

Salman did grant women the right to drive, but they remain legally in the care of men.

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