Canada asks for help in Saudi dispute

Pakistan supports Saudi Arabia in tussle with Canada

Pakistan supports Saudi Arabia in tussle with Canada

On Thursday, Pakistan confirmed its full support to Saudi Arabia in its defense of its sovereignty and rejection of interference in the internal affairs of any country.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Faisal has said that Pakistan was following with huge concern the "crisis" in relations between Saudi Arabia and Canada, and also that Pakistan, "places on record its solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

The statement added that Pakistan supports the sovereignty of countries and the principle of non-interference in internal affairs of other countries, citing the United Nations agreements, particularly, the global sovereignty law, as stating the respect of sovereignty and non-interference to enhance peaceful and friendly relations among countries. "Both these aspects are enshrined in UN Charter and are among the basic tenets of global law, and the foundation of peaceful and friendly inter-state relations", Dr Faisal asserted.

The FO stated that Pakistan stands by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in protecting its sovereignty as a matter of principle and based on the historic and brotherly relations between our two countries.

Saudi Arabia, angered by Canada's demand last week that jailed activists in the kingdom be freed immediately, expelled the Canadian ambassador, blocked imports of Canadian grain and ended state-backed educational and medical programs in Canada.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood firm, saying: "Canada will always speak strongly and clearly in private and in public on questions of human rights ... at home and overseas, wherever we see the need".

"Canadians expect that, and indeed people around the world expect that leadership from Canada", he said.

Mr. Trudeau noted that his Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, had "a long conversation" on Tuesday with her Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir to try to resolve the dispute.

The kingdom was angry at Ottawa for openly denouncing a crackdown on rights activists in Saudi Arabia.

"Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together".

Earlier this year, Bloomberg News reported that Saudi Arabia was scaling back its dealings with some German companies amid a diplomatic spat with Berlin.

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