OTTAWA, August 7. /Basereporter.com/. The canadian authorities are waiting for Saudi Arabia the details of the decision of Riyadh, the suspension of bilateral trade relations. On Monday reported the head of the canadian Ministry of foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland.
“We expect that Saudi Arabia will provide us with the details of what they intend to do”, – quotes Agency Reuters her answer journalists to the question about the fate of a major military contract between the two countries. Freeland Monday is in Vancouver, where he participated in the forum on the problems of sexual minorities.
We are talking about the contract for the supply of canadian armored vehicles in Saudi Arabia, including those equipped with heavy assault weapons. Concluded in February 2014 the agreement of 15 billion canadian dollars (12 billion U.S. dollars) designed to supply the Saudis 928 armored vehicles model LAV 6 of General Dynamics Land Systems based in Ontario. The first deliveries of these vehicles began in early 2017, but the timing of the implementation of the contract were not reported.
On 3 August the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Canada expressed concern about the detention of civil society activists in Saudi Arabia and demanded their immediate release. On Monday, the foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia stated that Canada’s position “constitutes an open interference in the internal Affairs of the Kingdom” and “contradicts the foundations of international law.”
In a statement the foreign Ministry of the country also indicates that Riyadh withdraws its Ambassador for consultations, announced the head of the diplomatic mission of Canada persona non grata and “suspends new trade and financial transactions with Canada”. The Saudi Ministry gave the Ambassador the night, to leave the country.