04 March 2019 | Dalia Mortada | NPR
Saudi Arabia expects Canada to follow through on its multibillion-dollar arms deal with the kingdom, despite a statement in December from Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that his government was looking to extract itself from the agreement.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Jubeir told a news conference on Monday, “Regarding the Canada arms deal, we see the Canadian government going ahead with the deal, so the statements are for domestic consumption.”
Jubeir did not expand on his comments.
A spokesperson for Canada’s foreign affairs ministry did not have an immediate response to NPR’s request for comment.
Trudeau told Canada’s CTV in an interview on December 16, 2018, that Canada is “engaged with the export permits to try and see if there is a way of no longer exporting these vehicles to Saudi Arabia.”
He cited the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul as one reason to scrap the contract. Critics have also pointed to Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the war in Yemen and other human rights abuses in an effort to pressure Ottawa to cancel the arms sale.
Original Link: Canada Set To Go Ahead With Arms Deal, Saudi Arabia Says