Saudi Arabia has said it is freezing all new trade with Canada and expelling its ambassador over its interference in the kingdom's domestic affairs, BBC reported.
A Saudi foreign ministry statement said it considered Canada's call last week for the release of detained civil society and women's rights activists a violation of Saudi sovereignty.
The Muslim World League (MWL) said in a statement on Monday that Saudi Arabia has the right to take a strict stance it finds appropriate towards Canada’s “unprecedented” intervention in the kingdom’s internal affairs.
The MWL said: “Stepping out of the legal framework and ethics of international affairs reflects in some ways the level of misjudgment that accompanies information that does not exceed the single-source analysis.”
Canada said it was seeking clarification on the Saudi statement.