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Saudi Arabia and Canada Restore Diplomatic Relations

Saudi Arabia and Canada have restored diplomatic relations after a five-year rift. The decision was made after a conversation between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the APEC summit in Bangkok last November.

The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the decision was made to restore relations on the basis of mutual respect and common interest. The ministry also said that the two countries would work together to promote peace and stability in the region.

Canada has also announced the appointment of Jean-Philippe Linteau as its new ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Linteau is a career diplomat who has served in a number of senior positions in the Canadian foreign service. He is currently the deputy minister of foreign affairs.

The restoration of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Canada is a positive development. The two countries have a long history of cooperation, and they share a number of common interests, including the fight against terrorism and the promotion of economic development. The restoration of relations will help to strengthen cooperation between the two countries and promote peace and stability in the region.

Here are some more details about the rift between Saudi Arabia and Canada:

  • The rift began in 2018, when Canada called for the release of women's rights activists who had been arrested in Saudi Arabia.
  • Saudi Arabia responded by expelling the Canadian ambassador and withdrawing its own ambassador from Canada.
  • The two countries also imposed a number of economic sanctions on each other.
  • The rift damaged relations between the two countries and led to a decline in trade and investment.

The restoration of diplomatic relations is a significant step towards repairing the damage that was done during the rift. It is a positive development that will help to strengthen cooperation between the two countries and promote peace and stability in the region.

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