Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih has said oil supplies from state energy giant Saudi Aramco to Canada will continue unabated, despite the ongoing diplomatic row between the two countries.
The Saudi Press Agency carried a statement quoting the minister as saying that oil supplies will not be subjected to ‘political considerations’.
Riyadh on 6 August expelled the Canadian ambassador and announced a freeze on “all new business” with Ottawa, following criticism by the Canadian Foreign Office and its diplomats of the kingdom’s arrest of women’s rights activists.
The move has resulted in a major diplomatic row between the two countries.
Riyadh has announced its intention to halt all medical treatment programmes for Saudi citizens in Canada, and were coordinating the transfer of Saudi patients to medical facilities outside of Canada.
All direct flights operated by the kingdom’s national carrier to Toronto are also set to be suspended from 13 August.
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