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Diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Canada restored

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Riyadh and Ottawa said the decision to restore diplomatic ties was made after high-level talks last November. In 2018, Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Canada.

Diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Canada restored
Diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Canada restored


Saudi Arabia and Canada announced on Wednesday that diplomatic ties were fully restored “on the basis of mutual respect and shared interests” after a five-year dispute over the detention of human rights activists.

According to the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the decision to restore the level of diplomatic relations with Canada was made against the background of talks in November between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The meeting between the two leaders took place during the meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Bangkok.

What issues did the parties agree on?

Canada also announced the appointment of Jean-Philippe Lenteau as its ambassador to Riyadh. A Canadian government source familiar with the details of the deal to restore relations between the two countries told Reuters news agency that the agreement would result in the lifting of punitive trade measures. Chairs don’t serve our interests because they don’t help advance issues like human rights.”

The source also described Saudi Arabia as a “major global power” in recent years. In this regard, he also mentioned Saudi Arabia’s cooperation in evacuating Canadian citizens from the war-torn country of Sudan last month. “To find solutions to global problems, we have to talk to people with whom we don’t always agree,” Reuters quoted Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly as saying.

Why did the conflict arise?

The conflict between the two countries began in August 2018, when the Canadian embassy in Riyadh tweeted in Arabic calling for the immediate release of women’s rights activists imprisoned in Saudi Arabia.

Following this tweet, Riyadh expelled the Canadian ambassador and also recalled its ambassador from Ottawa. It also froze new trade relations with Canada. Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive in the same year, calling Canada’s statement a “flagrant interference” in its internal affairs.

In the same year, Western countries condemned the murder of Saudi-born American journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey. In 2020, five alleged killers were convicted for their involvement in the incident. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has also been accused of involvement in the murder, but Saudi Arabia has consistently denied it.

Ottawa demanded that Saudi Arabia release the detained human rights activists, after which Riyadh announced in August 2018 the severance of diplomatic relations with Canada.

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