Saudi Arabian medical residents can stay in Canada for now

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About 1,000 Saudi Arabian medical residents and fellows were initially told they had until August 31 to leave the country, raising concerns about the impact their abrupt departure would have on health-care services.

"We are pleased that (Saudi) medical residents across the country will be able to complete their training here in Canada", Canadian foreign ministry spokeswoman Amy Mills told AFP.

More than 1,000 Saudi medical students ordered to leave Canada because of a diplomatic row have been granted an extension that would allow them to complete their training, Ottawa confirmed Tuesday.

In an interview with CBC's News Network, Dr. Andrew Padmos, of CEO of Canada's Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, said many of these Saudi students are doctors pursuing post doc areas of research and specialities, and they're very integrated into the Canadian medical system now.

Other countries remained silent - Saudi Arabia is handing out contracts worth hundreds of billions of dollars to modernize the country - as Canada reiterated its pledge to point out persecution of human rights activists wherever they occurred.

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Emile Cloutier says the news is a relief as the looming departure of the resident physicians would have left health-care gaps in hospitals across the country.

Vancouver Island University Dean of International Education, Graham Pike said they are trying to support the students as best they can. For the self-funded students", he said, "it's less clear. "Some of them are here with family members, partners and children" he said.

The lawmakers, which include Representative Keith Ellison - the first Muslim to enter Congress, "strongly" echoed Canada's call for Saudi Arabia to release the activists, saying they are "particularly dismayed" by Badawi's jailing. The bureau did not respond to a request for comment.

Saudi authorities have also urged Ottawa to apologize before relations could be normalized, but Canada has refused to back down.

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