Riyadh orders Saudi patients to leave Canadian hospitals

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets employees as he arrives for a press conference at CAE Inc., in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 8, 2018. "Canada knows what it needs to do", he said.

The Middle East country also chose to suspend all training and scholarship programmes in Canada by the end of the Islamic calendar year in September, the Cultural Bureau of Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Education announced on Monday. The loonie rebounded shortly afterward to trade 0.1 per cent weaker at 10:03 a.m.in Toronto.

Momani called it, "getting tough on Canada", which she said other countries in the region might welcome if they view Canadian foreign policy to be led by human rights concerns.

The bank had received no instructions to sell assets as they do not have any exposure there, the source said.

Following diplomatic tensions on Monday between Canada and Saudi Arabia over Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland's statement criticizing the arrest of women's rights activists in that country, and the subsequent freeze on all trade with Canada, the approximately 15,000 Saudi Arabian students in Canada find themselves in an uncertain position.

The row was escalated by Saudi Arabia ordering some 12,000 of its students to leave Canada and cutting off flights by the national carrier, as well as halting...

Despite the dispute, Al-Falih said the current diplomatic crisis will not, in any way, impact Saudi Aramco's relations with its customers in Canada. "It is a country that has great significance in the world, that is making progress in the area of human rights", he said.

"So far, Memorial has not been contacted by either the Saudi or the Canadian governments, but we anticipate this will occur", MUN spokesman David Sorensen said. "What one probably needs in this situation is constructive advice and assistance rather than criticism from a "moral superior", she said.

Since rising to power in 2015, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has courted Western allies to support his reform plans, offering billions of dollars of arms sales and promising to fight radicalism in the kingdom.

Inflows slowed in recent years mainly due to low oil prices, but regional turmoil doesn't help, critics of the government say.

At the same time, it sends a strong message to European countries but also countries in the Middle East not to "mess" with Saudi Arabia, Juneau said.

That could disrupt Canadian hospitals and end a 40-year-old program to train specialists for the kingdom.

Vanessa Coleman