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Saudi Arabia freezes new trade with Canada, expels envoy over ‘interference’: JEDDAH:  Saudi Arabia has declared the ambassador of Canada persona non grata and ordered him to leave in 24 hours, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday.

The Kingdom is also recalling its ambassador to Ottawa and that it is freezing all new business and investment transactions with Canada  “while retaining its right to take further action,” the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The ministry said it has told the Canadian foreign minister and embassy in Riyadh of its objection to their interference in the case of “civil society activists” who were arrested in the Kingdom. Canada has been pressing the Kingdom to release them immediately.

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Saudi Arabia freezes new trade with Canada, expels envoy over ‘interference’: JEDDAH:  Saudi Arabia has declared the ambassador of Canada persona non grata and ordered him to leave in 24 hours, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday.The Kingdom is also recalling its ambassador to Ottawa and that it is freezing all new business and investment transactions with Canada  “while retaining its right to take further action,” the ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).The ministry said it has told the Canadian foreign minister and embassy in Riyadh of its objection to their interference in the case of “civil society activists” who were arrested in the Kingdom. Canada has been pressing the Kingdom to release them immediately.The ministry said it has told the Canadian foreign minister and embassy in Riyadh of its objection to their interference in the case of “civil society activists” who were arrested in the Kingdom. Canada has been pressing the Kingdom to release them immediately.