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May 24, 2023, 6:47 PM

Canada, Saudi Arabia Restore Ties Broken Before Khashoggi Crisis

Stephen Wicary
Stephen Wicary
Bloomberg News

Canada and Saudi Arabia agreed to resume normal diplomatic relations, repairing ties that frayed nearly five years ago in a dispute over human rights.

The decision came after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of an international summit in Thailand last November, according to a statement Wednesday from Canada’s foreign ministry and a report by the kingdom’s state-run news agency.

Saudi Arabia suspended diplomatic ties and new trade dealings with Canada in August 2018 after Canada called for the release of women’s rights activists. Relations were strained further when Trudeau’s ...

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