Riyadh – Mubasher: Saudi Arabia has announced stopping all medical treatment programmes with Canada, Health Attaché in Canada Fahd bin Ibrahim Al Tamimi said.
The attaché will coordinate to transfer all Saudi patients from Canadian hospitals to other hospitals outside the country, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported, citing Al Tamimi as saying.
This procedure came after the kingdom gave the Canadian ambassador Dennis Horak 24 hours to leave after his country criticised the arrest of civil society activists. The issue started after Ottawa’s foreign ministry made comments about a wave to Saudi activist arrests.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO) told grains exporters that it will stop buying wheat and barley from the North American nation.
On Tuesday, Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) halted booking flights to Toronto, along with halting its flights from and to Canada, as of Monday, 13 August.
On a related note, the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) said it was suspending the Saudi-Canadian Business Council's activities.