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Kyle Orton @KyleWOrton
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#Saudi Arabia says #Canada's statement on the arrest of activists in the Kingdom is an unacceptable interference in its internal affairs, expels the Canadian ambassador and freezes all future trade.
"In her first public response to Saudi Arabia's actions, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Monday: 'Let me be very clear ... Canada will always stand up for human rights in Canada and around the world, and women's rights are human rights'."…
Direct investment was already down in #Saudi Arabia after some of the recent disturbances; this spat with #Canada is unlikely to help.
"Diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Germany have been strained since November, when Germany’s then-foreign minister criticized the kingdom for having pressured [Hariri] to resign. After that, [Riyadh] quietly ordered that no new contracts be awarded to German companies" #pt
As an overall assessment, weighing one thing and other, taking everything into consideration, today was one of the less good days for #Saudi Arabia, particularly its messaging and public-relations apparatus.
#Canada's intervention might have been ill-considered but the #Saudi reaction is overkill. "If trade relations can be affected by mere tweets, the small queue of investors looking to do business with Riyadh is likely to shrink further."…
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