Saudi is reported to have imposed a great deal of pressure on the Canadian Embassy in Riyadh over Canada’s campaign to end the war in Yemen, a source close to the embassy has revealed. The pressure, it is said, includes unspecified “threats”.
According to Al-Khaleej Online, the informed
source said that Canada is currently leading an international campaign
to force Saudi to stop its war on Yemen which has killed thousands of
civilians and caused famine in the country. Nearly 20 million people are
starving and one million people have succumbed in a massive cholera
Canada is one of the main arms' suppliers to
Saudi. In 2016 Saudi has been Canada's top non-U.S. destination for
exporting military goods after having been narrowly bumped last year by
the United Kingdom, according to a federal report on arms sales.
It was reveals that the Saudi government
purchased over $142 million worth of Canadian arms in 2016. That
accounted for nearly 20 per cent of all Canadian munitions exports
reported in the annual filing according to Global Affairs Canada.