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Canada deeply concerned by Saudi Arabia’s expulsion of Canadian ambassador 

Ottawa – Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement in response to the decision by Saudi Arabia to expel Canada’s ambassador:

“We are deeply concerned that Saudi Arabia has expelled Canada’s ambassador in response to Canadian statements in defence of human rights activists detained in the kingdom.

“Canada will always stand up for the protection of human rights, including women’s rights and freedom of expression around the world. We will never hesitate to promote these values and we believe that this dialogue is critical to international diplomacy.

“The Embassy of Canada to Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh, continues its regular operations, including consular services.

“Canada will continue to advocate for human rights and for the brave women and men who push for these fundamental rights around the world.”

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