- Former British Foreign Minister John Byrd said the country's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, should board the plane and visit the Saudi capital Riyadh to resolve the Ottawa diplomatic crisis after Canada's recent intervention in the kingdom's affairs.
The Canadian diplomat, who served as foreign minister between 2011 and 2015, said in an interview with "BN Bloomberg", that the move is in the interest of Canada and its people and workers.
Twitter on Saudi Arabia was misplaced, as the most appropriate policy was to have officials talk to each other face to face.
He urged his country's mail to deal with Saudi Arabia as an ally instead of taking steps that would harm Canada's interests, especially since there are a number of deals and jobs thanks to cooperation between Riyadh and Ottawa.
On Monday, Saudi Arabia announced a series of measures against Canada after the latter demanded the immediate release of what it described as "civil society activists" who were arrested in Saudi Arabia.
One of the most prominent measures was the expulsion of the Canadian ambassador to Riyadh, the recall of its ambassador in Ottawa for consultation and the freezing of all new trade and investment transactions between the Kingdom and Canada.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference in Riyadh on Wednesday that his country was considering additional measures against Canada, stressing that Ottawa should reverse its stance.
The Saudi minister said Ottawa should "correct what it has done to the kingdom," adding that "consideration is being given to taking further action towards Canada."
"Canada knows what it needs to do, Canada has started this and it has to do with it, there is a mistake that has been made and it has to be corrected and this is simple and there is nothing else."
He added that Riyadh would not want this crisis, but imposed it because of frank and unacceptable interference by Canada in the internal affairs of the Kingdom