Riyadh: All Saudi patients under treatment in Canada have been transferred to hospitals in the United States.
Saudi ambassador to Ottawa Naif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi announced the move while speaking to Al-Arabiya News Channel from Riyadh.
“The embassy is offering all the necessary assistance to its citizens, and will be taking all necessary measures that protect their interests”, said the ambassador who was recalled from Ottawa and his Canadian counterpart ordered to leave the Kingdom in a dispute that erupted earlier this week.
Saudi Arabia accused Canada of interfering in its internal affairs after the Canadian foreign ministry tweeted that the Kingdom should release detained “civil society activists.”
Saudi Arabia has halted all new investments, cut flights and arranged for Saudi patients and students in the country to be moved elsewhere.
When asked about Saudi students on scholarships in Canada who are about to finish their studies and graduate, specifically those enrolled in medical schools, the ambassador said there are no exceptions “so far” to the decision.