Saudi foreign ministry focuses on expats in Canada amid diplomatic row

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Saudi foreign minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Tuesday that expats in Canada are receiving “great care and attention” from Saudi leadership amid the ongoing diplomatic row.

Directives were issued to the ministry to follow up on the affairs of Saudis in Canada.


In a statement to Saudi Press Agency, Jubeir said: "Immediately after receiving the directives, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has established two operations rooms in Ottawa and Riyadh, in coordination and liaison between the competent departments of the Ministry and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Canada."

Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia expelled Canada's ambassador, recalled its own envoy and cut off trade ties with Ottawa.

Riyadh also suspended scholarships for Saudi students in Canada and plans to relocate them to other countries, while the state airline Saudia is suspending flights to Toronto.

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