Everything you need to know about the Saudi Arabia-Canada fallout

Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Ambassador, To Withdraw Students From Canada Over Women's Rights Criticism

She added: "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".

Badawi, who is known for challenging Saudi Arabia's male guardianship system, is the recipient of the 2012 International Women of Courage Award.

Saudi Arabia on Sunday expelled Canada's ambassador and said it would freeze new trade deals following a tweet by Global Affairs Canada criticizing the kingdom's arrests of human rights activists, including women's rights activists.

'We consider the Canadian ambassador to the kingdom persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours'.

Canada's economic relationship with Saudi Arabia is not particularly significant to Riyadh, unlike the U.S. or other Western partner governments, which experts say makes Ottawa an easier target. The infographic also accuses Canada of "sticking one's nose where it doesn't belong".

Amnesty International has said Badawi, the sister of jailed blogger Raif Badawi, was recently detained along with Nassima al-Sada, another prominent female activist.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland was quoted by Reuters as saying to reporters on Monday that "it would be a shame for those students if they are deprived of the opportunity to study here".

Transport Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the development.

Thompson Rivers University stands to lose nearly one-tenth of worldwide students on its campus - and tens of thousands of dollars in revenue - as a result of a diplomatic row between Canada and Saudi Arabia.

The Foreign Ministry also withdrew the Saudi ambassador to Canada and declared the Canadian ambassador to Saudi Arabia "persona non grata", expelling him.

The first source said Canada shared the view of foreign policy experts who believe the Saudi reaction reflected internal strains inside the kingdom, where 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is trying to push through domestic reforms.

She was arrested last week after years of punishment by Saudi authorities, including a 2014 travel ban and a 2016 arrest.

There could be a sentiment among allies that, "Finally the Trudeau government is getting poked back in the eye by the Saudis".

"We're going to stand with the values that we know are important to Canadians and Saudi Arabia will take the decisions that they take", Morneau said.

Mr Al Yami said Saudi Arabia conducted all the necessary legal procedures as dictated by its own law.

The Media Ministry said it ordered the Twitter account shut down pending an investigation after receiving a complaint about the post.

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