Fallout continues in the diplomatic dust-up between Canada, Saudi Arabia

Toronto's CN Tower and the skyline

Toronto's CN Tower and the skyline

Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday there is no room for mediation in the kingdom's escalating diplomatic dispute with Canada, and that Ottawa knew what it needed to do to "fix its big mistake".

In the aftermath of the Saudi Arabia-Canada row, which was sparked by the detainment of human right activists by Saudi authorities in Riyadh, the kingdom has now suspended the scholarships of 16,000 of its students studying in Canada, further ordering them to leave the country and attend schools elsewhere.

Arab countries, including Bahrain, Palestine and the UAE, have lined up in support of Saudi Arabia after it took trade and diplomatic measures against Canada on Monday in response to the latter's interference in the internal affairs of the Kingdom.

There are more than 8,000 from Saudi Arabia enrolled in programmes in Canada, according to figures released by the official Saudi Press Agency in 2017.

Saudi Arabia has ordered all Canadian grain purchases to be stopped, adding it will no longer buy Canadian-origin grains.

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The move to block Canadian grain is the Kingdom's attempt to punish Canada economically after Global Affairs Canada publicly criticized the Kingdom for jailing dissidents, enraging the regime.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's national airline Saudia halted all direct flights to and from Toronto following Canada's intervention.

The Saudi government was also putting together an "urgent plan" to transfer students and interns already in Canada to US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, it said.

The Canadian dollar plunged on the report, before traders realized the limited scope of the moves.

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