The Trudeau government is seeking help from the United Arab Emirates and Britain to try and cool down the Saudi Arabia dispute which has been developing over the last few days.
Tensions are high as Saudi Arabia stopped all new trade, grounded airlines and told students to remove themselves from the country, this comes after Canada’s plea to release imprisoned Raif Badawi. Raif has been a Saudi prisoner since 2012 and has been punished with 1,000 lashes and a 10 year prison sentence for spreading “anti-Islam thoughts”.
A source close to the Trudeau government who remained anonymous said that the key to cool things down is by using allies reports Reuters
“The key is to work with allies and friends in the region to cool things down, which can happen quickly.”
Canada’s closest friend the United States refused to get involved.
“Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together. We can’t do it for them; they need to resolve it together,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a briefing.
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Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.