Canada–Saudi Arabia relations

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Canadian–Saudi relations
Map indicating locations of Canada and Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia

Canadian–Saudi relations are the relations between Canada and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Relations between the two nations, despite Canada's close relationship with Israel, have been strong and close.

Official relations[edit]

In 2000, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien made a state visit to Saudi Arabia. Currently, the two nations are strategic allies and partners.

Economic relations[edit]

Saudi Arabia is Canada's largest trade partner among the nine countries of the Arabian Peninsula, totalling more than $2,000,000,000 in trade in 2005,[1] nearly double its value in 2002.

At the end of 2012, Saudi Arabia became Canada’s second largest export market in the Middle East.[2] Much like Israel, most of the success of the current Canadian-Saudi relations is attributable to opposition to Iran and other countries in the region. On the bilateral relations with Saudi Arabia, economic and trade interests continue to be at the forefront of all discussions and meetings.

Other relations[edit]

In March 2008, Mohamed Kohail became famous, as he is a Canadian man who may be the first westerner in decades to be executed in Saudi Arabia.[3] He has Canadian citizenship. The Saudis plan to behead him in public.[3] The Canadian government is debating on whether or not to appeal for clemency. This event may cause difficulties for the future of Canadian-Saudi relations.

The Kingdom continues to be an important source of foreign students for Canada. There are more than 15,000 Saudi students in Canada, including 800 resident physicians and specialists who provide care to the Canadian population.[1]

In 2000, Canadian William Sampson was arrested by the Saudi government for complicity in a suicide bombing in Riyadh, while maintaining his innocence. He was imprisoned and later criticized the Canadian government for not coming to his aid.[4] He was freed by British intervention after being imprisoned for two years.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "CANADA-SAUDI ARABIA RELATIONS". Canadian Government. 2007-05-09. Archived from the original on 2008-06-21. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  2. ^ "Canada-Saudi Arabia Relations". Government of Canada. 
  3. ^ a b "Canadian a step closer to execution in Saudi Arabia". CBC News. November 7, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  4. ^ a b STEPHEN THORNE (August 8, 2003). "Sampson tested by torture, deprivation". pub. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 

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