Envoy says Saudis seeking medical treatment in Canada moved to other countries

Naif bin Bandar al-Sediri said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement on relations with Saudi Arabia is positive but more needs to be done. (Screengrab)

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Canada, Naif bin Bandar al-Sediri, has said that the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement on relations with Saudi Arabia is positive but more needs to be done to salvage the diplomatic row.

Speaking to Al Arabiya News Channel on Thursday, al-Sediri said all possible assistance is being provided to Saudi citizens in Canada.

“All Saudis who are in Canada for medical treatment have already been transferred to other countries and Saudi students studying in the country on their own expenses are willing to leave the country,” he said.

No room for mediation

Earlier on Wednesday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir had said that there is no room for mediation in the kingdom’s escalating diplomatic dispute with Canada, and that Ottawa knew what it needed to do to “fix its big mistake”.

Al-Jubair said that the Kingdom was keen on defending the interests of Saudi citizens in Canada, stressing that Ottawa has to change its approach in dealing with Saudi Arabia.

He said that the Canadian government is the party which started the crisis and it must end it, adding that it made a mistake and must correct what it had done.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52
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