Diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia escalates as flights, barley and wheat exports scrapped

OTTAWA — Saudi Arabia has cancelled flights to Toronto by its national airline and halted purchases of Canadian wheat and barley as it ramps up retaliation for Ottawa’s criticism of its human rights and detention of activists.

Saudi Arabia’s angry — and to some, surprising reaction — has continued with news that Saudi Airlines would end its four-flights-a-week service between Toronto and Riyadh in the days ahead.


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