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Canada asks for help in Saudi dispute

AFP  |  Ottawa 

is quietly working back channels to prod allies including and to help resolve its row with Saudi Arabia, a government source confirmed Thursday.

The senior official, who asked not to be identified due to the sensitivity of the diplomacy, said spoke with her counterparts in the two European nations.

and previously were targets of Saudi backlashes for calling out the kingdom for human rights abuses.

Freeland sought to learn how they resolved those disputes, and asked for their support, the said. also planned to reach out to regional heavyweight the and Britain, which has strong historical ties to

Tensions have been high between and since Monday when expelled Canada's ambassador, recalled its own and froze all new trade and investments.

The kingdom was angry at for openly denouncing a crackdown on rights activists in

On Wednesday, stood firm, saying: "will always speak strongly and clearly in private and in public on questions of human rights ... at home and abroad, wherever we see the need." "Canadians expect that, and indeed people around the world expect that leadership from Canada," he said.

Trudeau noted that Freeland had "a long conversation" on Tuesday with her counterpart to try to resolve the dispute.

"Diplomatic talks continue," he said.

Canada has been disappointed that Western powers including the -- a key ally of Saudi Arabia -- did not publicly support

"Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together. We can't do it for them. They need to resolve it together," told a briefing on Wednesday.

In March 2015, Saudi Arabia recalled its from over criticism by the Swedish of Riyadh's human rights record.

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

The move came after Germany's last November remarked that was a "pawn" of Saudi Arabia after the surprise resignation of its while in

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 00:40 IST