Adel Al-Juebir escalates row, asking for apology from Trudeau’s government over tweet calling for release of jailed activists

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has demanded Canada stop treating it like a “banana republic” and called upon the government of Justin Trudeau to apologize for calling for the release of jailed human rights activists, further escalating a simmering diplomatic row that began over the summer.

“You can criticize us about human rights, women’s rights … that’s your right. You can sit down and talk about it, but demand the immediate release? What are we, a banana republic? Would any country accept it?” said foreign minister Adel Al-Juebir at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, as world leaders gathered forthe United Nations general assembly.

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