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Canadian officials say they'll also seek help from the United Arab Emirates, who will nearly certainly take the side of Saudi Arabia.

"Can I know how my family and I get back after the holiday?" one Twitter user asked Saudia.

Saudi Arabia moved Sunday to expel the Canadian ambassador from Riyadh and declared a freeze on all new trade deals between the two countries, following Canada's demand that the Saudis free women's rights activists and others arrested in the Kingdom.

The British government on Tuesday urged Canada and Saudi Arabia to show restraint.

Cairo's foreign ministry said on its Facebook page that it was "concerned by the crisis between Saudi Arabia and Canada, which is a result of the negative tendency by some worldwide. sides to meddle in the internal affairs of countries in the region", without elaborating.

Trade between Canada and Saudi Arabia exceeded $4-billion (€ 3.4 billion) past year, a significant portion of it came from a controversial multibillion-dollar deal to sell combat vehicles equipped with machine guns and cannons to the Saudis, according to The Globe and Mail.

The diplomatic spat between Canada and Saudi Arabia that has seen the Middle Eastern nation halt all worldwide 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.

A number of countries in the region have defended Saudi Arabia.

"Any further step from the Canadian side in that direction will be considered as acknowledgment of our right to interfere in Canadian domestic affairs", the Foreign Ministry said.

The most high-profile case - and the one specifically referenced by Canadian Global Affairs - is that of Saudi activist Samar Badawi and her blogger brother Raif Badawi. "Saudi Arabia is a strong country and doesn't need Canada, Germany or even America", he told DW.

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Canada's previous Conservative government, which lost power to the Liberals in 2015, also had challenges with Riyadh over human rights. In response, Canada pledged to continue advocating human rights.

The feud between the two countries has escalated quickly since it began Friday, when Canada's Ministry of Foreign Affairs raised concerns about the kingdom's human-rights record.

According to a report from Saudi-owned media outlet, Al Arabiya, the country announced the "suspension of training, scholarships and fellowships to Canada and the transfer [of] all its students in that state to other countries".

The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Palestinian Authority have all come out in support of Saudi Arabia, as did Comoros, Djibouti and Mauritania.

Dan McTeague, a senior analyst at the fuel price tracking website GasBuddy, said any such disruption could easily be offset by alternative supply, as Saudi Arabia's oil continues to represent an increasingly small portion of Canada's crude imports.

'We consider the Canadian ambassador to the kingdom persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours'. Her former husband, Waleed Abu al-Khair, is now serving a 15-year prison sentence for his human rights work and her brother, the famed activist and blogger - Raif Badawi - has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for setting a website for public discourse.

Badawi has been targeted by Saudi officials for years due to her activism.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland later indicated that Canada was "seriously concerned" by Saudi Arabia's actions.

His wife, Ensaf Haidar, and three children were granted Canadian citizenship earlier this summer, and live in Quebec's Eastern Townships.


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