Saudi Arabia has suspended scholarships to Canada and will relocate students already there, state media said today, after the kingdom abruptly cut ties with Ottawa over criticism of its jailing of rights activists.
Riyadh, which suspended diplomatic relations with Canada today, will "stop training, scholarship and fellowship programs" there, state-run Al-Ekhbariya television reported.
The government was also putting together an "urgent plan" to transfer students and interns already in Canada to other countries, it said.
The decision came after Canada demanded the immediate release of human rights activists detained in a new crackdown, including the sister of jailed blogger Raif Badawi.
Badawi's wife and children currently live in Canada.
These students, many of them studying medicine, are accompanied by more than 6,400 dependents.
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