Wed, 2018-08-08 17:13
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabias Foreign Minister said on Wednesday there was “nothing to mediate” in the dispute with Canada.
Adel Al-Jubeir said that Ottawa knows what it needs to do to “fix its big mistake”.
He also confirmed that the economic measures taken by Saudi Arabia only affect new investments by the Kingdom and that previous investments are still ongoing.
Speaking at a press conference in Riyadh, Al-Jubeir said several countries stand with Saudi Arabia in its rejection of the Canadian governments inference in its internal affairs.
He also said that Canada should change its approach in dealing with Saudi Arabia, adding that it “knows what it needs to do.”
He told Saudi citizens that the Kingdom is keen on protecting their interests in Canada.
Al-Jubeir also said the kingdom was considering implementing additional measures against Canada, but he did not elaborate.
Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties and halted new investment in Canada on Sunday night after the Canadian foreign ministry urged the Kingdom to free civil and womens rights activists arrested in the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia accused Canada of interfering in its internal affairs.