Saudi-Canada row leaves US in tight diplomatic spot

The sharp diplomatic row between Saudi Arabia and Canada has left Washington — partners and allies of both — in a bind, but the State Department on Tuesday nevertheless urged Riyadh to respect due process for detained activists.

Saudi Arabia has expelled Canada’s ambassador, recalled its own envoy and cut off trade ties with Ottawa after the US neighbor denounced a crackdown on rights activists in the kingdom.

“Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together. We can’t do it for them,” said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

The United States “raised” the case with Riyadh, she said, adding: “The United States has respect for internationally recognized freedoms and also individual liberties….
Source: Seychelles News Agency