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Trudeau does not back down on rights defense in Saudi spat

AFP  |  Ottawa 

Canadian said today his government will not stop calling out human rights abuses, after its criticisms of triggered a diplomatic row.

"will always speak strongly and clearly in private and in public on questions of human rights," the said, refusing to back down or apologize to the kingdom.

"We do not wish to have poor relations with Saudi Arabia," he added, saying recognizes that "has made progress when it comes to human rights." on Monday expelled Canada's ambassador, recalled its own and froze all new trade and investments, after denounced a new crackdown on rights activists in the kingdom.

also said it will relocate thousands of Saudi students studying in to other countries, while announced it was suspending flights to

Yesterday, Saudi said the kingdom has also stopped all medical treatment programs in and was working on transferring all Saudi patients there to other countries.

Further straining ties, the Saudi central has instructed its overseas asset managers to dispose of their Canadian equities, bonds and cash holdings "no matter the cost," reported.

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.

"Diplomatic talks continue," he said.

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 02:30 IST