Ongoing Diplomatic Feud Between Canada and Saudi Arabia Escalates on Twitter
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In the midst of an escalating diplomatic feud between Canada and Saudi Arabia, a Saudi youth organization by the name of Infographic KSA shared and later deleted an image on Twitter that appeared to show an Air Canada plane heading toward the CN Tower in Toronto, evoking memories of the 9/11 attacks in the U.S.
“As the Arabic saying goes: He who interferes with what doesn’t concern him finds what doesn’t please him,” reads the text superimposed on the photo. Above, another message highlighted in red reads, “sticking one’s nose where it doesn’t belong!”
The Tweet, which was posted on Monday, stems from an ongoing diplomatic battle over the Canadian government’s criticism of human-rights violations in Saudi Arabia, which began with a statement by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and her department calling for the Saudi government to release a number of arrested civil-rights activists.
“Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women’s rights activists in #SaudiArabia, including Samar Badawi,” the Tweet reads. “We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful #humanrights activists.”
Samar Badawi, who the tweet mentions by name, is currently imprisoned in Saudi Arabia and has been sentenced to 1, 000 lashes for insulting Islam.
Saudi Arabia has since expelled Canada’s ambassador, recalled its own envoy and has frozen new trade deals with the country.
“KSA through its history has not and will not accept any form of interfering in the internal affairs of the Kingdom,” Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry tweeted. “The KSA considers the Canadian position an attack on the KSA and requires a firm stance to deter who attempts to undermine the sovereignty of the KSA.”