UAE says stands with Saudi Arabia 'in defending its sovereignty'

AP , Monday 6 Aug 2018

Anwar Gargash
File Photo: Anwar Gargash, UAE minister of state for foreign affairs (AP)

The United Arab Emirates stands with Saudi Arabia "in defending its sovereignty" after the kingdom froze new trade and investment with Canada, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Monday on Twitter.

Saudi Arabia severed ties after Ottawa urged Riyadh to free arrested rights activists. It also recalled its ambassador and gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country.

The kingdom also is suspending educational exchange programmes with Canada and moving Saudi scholarship recipients there to other countries, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya reported on Monday.


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