While the diplomatic issue between Saudi Arabia and Canada continues to be in the headlines, countries like the United States and Oman have completely denied to take their stance.
Commenced with a statement of concern over human rights activist, the issue has escalated into the biggest diplomatic feud between Saudi Arabia and Canada.
In a tweet on August 3, the Canadian Foreign Ministry expressed condemnation towards the arrest of a human rights activist, and urged Saudi Arabia to release all peaceful activists, including Samar Badwi.
Since then, Saudi officials have been overreacting to the situation in various ways– expelling the Canadian ambassador and withdrawing their own ambassador from Canada, suspending air trips from Saudi to Canada, and withdrawing all its new business and investments setups from Canada.
Moreover, a Saudi government-linked account tweeted infographic with a warning, “He who interferes with what doesn’t concern him finds what doesn’t please him.”
The image depicted a plane flying towards the Toronto skyline, which appears as a threat of terrorist violence to the Canadians. The post was later deleted.
Despite the surging issues, the United States has turned down on getting involved in the political situation between Saudi Arabia and Canada. Declining to take the sides, the country has taken a diplomatic stand.
Canada is one of the treaty allies of the US, and both the countries share values like free civil society and women’s rights. Whereas, Saudi Arabia has been referred as a “partner” of the US. Despite differences on issues like religion and freedom of expression, both the countries enjoy close economic and security ties.
By remaining out of the issues, the Trump administration has just saved itself from impairing its relations with its allies.
Heather Nauert, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman, said on Tuesday that it is up to Saudi Arabia and Canada to resolve their dispute. “We can’t do it for them,” she stated.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oman, also released a statement regarding the Saudi-Canada political issues.
The ministry said, “Oman is following the current political situation between Saudi Arabia and Canada and affirms its position of not interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. The Sultanate hopes this situation will be resolved between the two countries.”
While the allies are preferring to stay out of the issue, we’ll have to see how Saudi Arabia and Canada will resolve their differences. The countries have not been involved in any conflicts for years.