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Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

AFP  |  Riyadh 

has suspended scholarships to and will relocate students already there, said today, after the kingdom abruptly cut ties with over criticism of its jailing of rights activists.

Riyadh, which suspended diplomatic relations with 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 to other countries, it said.

The kingdom early today gave Canada's 24 hours to leave the country, in an abrupt rupture of relations over what slammed as "interference" in its internal affairs.

The decision came after Canada demanded the immediate release of human rights activists detained in a new crackdown, including the sister of jailed blogger

Badawi's wife and children currently live in Canada.

said it was "seriously concerned" and was seeking "greater clarity" on the move, which was announced on by the Saudi foreign ministry.

More than 8,000 students from are enrolled in programmes in Canada, according to figures released by the official in 2017.

These students, many of them studying medicine, are accompanied by more than 6,400 dependents.

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First Published: Mon, August 06 2018. 21:25 IST