Canada is looking for mediators to resolve its dispute with Saudi Arabia and America refuses to intervene[/ltr]
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Canada plans to seek help from the United Arab Emirates and Britain to defuse an escalating diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia, but the United States, Canada's close ally, has made clear it will not intervene, sources said.
The Saudi government on Sunday summoned its ambassador to Ottawa and prevented Canada's ambassador from returning to Riyadh and imposed a ban on trade and new investments, condemning Canada for urging the release of human rights activists. Riyadh accused Ottawa on Tuesday of interfering in its internal affairs.
A well-informed source said that the liberal government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which stresses the importance of human rights, intends to communicate with the UAE.
"The way is to work with allies and friends in the region to calm things down, which could happen quickly," said the source, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation.
Another source said Canada would also seek British help. The British government urged Canada and Saudi Arabia to exercise restraint.
The United States has avoided intervening in the crisis.
"Both sides should do so by diplomatic means," State Department spokeswoman Heather Naort said. We can not do it on their behalf, and they have to work together. "
The first source said Canada agrees with the view of foreign policy experts who see the Saudi reaction as reflecting internal tensions in Saudi Arabia, where Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, is trying to introduce domestic reforms.
Canadian Foreign Minister Christia Freeland's office did not respond to requests for comment.
The dispute is expected to damage bilateral trade ties of about $ 4 billion a year. Canadian exports to Saudi Arabia totaled about 1.12 billion dollars in 2017, or 0.2 percent of Canada's total exports.
Canada says it does not know the fate of a $ 13 billion defense contract to sell armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia.
European traders said on Tuesday that the Saudi Grain Corporation had told grain exporters it would stop buying Canadian wheat and barley in its global bidding.
Traders said they received formal notification from the foundation.
"As of Tuesday, August 7, 2018, the General Grain Corporation will not accept deliveries of wheat flour or barley feed of Canadian origin," a copy of the notice seen by Reuters said.
According to data from the Canadian government statistics agency, the total sales of Canadian wheat to Saudi Arabia other than hard wheat amounted to 66 thousand tons in 2017 and 68 thousand and 250 tons in 2016.
Saudi Arabia has ordered some 15,000 Saudis studying in Canada to leave.
The first source said that Canada was not sorry to speak out about human rights in Saudi Arabia.
Canadian Ambassador Dennis Horak is not in Riyadh. The source said the Saudi authorities were aware that Hurak was scheduled to move to a new location next month.