Saudi seeks to silence foreign critics as Canada row erupts

Saudi seeks to silence foreign critics as Canada row eruptsSaudi Arabia's diplomatic rupture with Canada underscores the kingdom's newly combative foreign policy to tame international criticism after a crackdown on domestic critics, as it struggles to implement risky reforms, analysts say. Saudi Arabia on Monday expelled Canada's ambassador and recalled its own envoy while freezing all new trade and investments, after Ottawa denounced a new crackdown on women and human rights activists in the kingdom. Riyadh also said it will relocate thousands of Saudi students studying in Canada to other countries, while state airline Saudia announced it was suspending flights to Toronto.




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