Sean Kilpatrick The Canadian Press Canada and Saudi Arabia had disagreements in 2018 over human rights in the kingdom.
Canada and Saudi Arabia will restore diplomatic ties and new ambassadors have been appointed on both sides to do so, after disagreements in 2018 over human rights in the kingdom. Global Affairs Canada announced this on Wednesday, along with the Saudi Foreign Ministry.
After discussions between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, “it was decided to reinstate the level of diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia to its previous level,” the Canadian ministry said in a statement.
Five years ago, the Liberal government's public comments on women's rights led Riyadh to expel the Canadian ambassador.
Ottawa will send Jean-Philippe Linteau as Canadian ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Further details to follow.
With Agence France-Presse and La Presse canadienne