Canada may slap their own sanctions on Saudis

Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks to the media via her Toronto office following President Trump's exemption for Canada in addition to Mexico of steel in addition to aluminum tarrifs. 

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Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks to the media via her Toronto office following President Trump’s exemption for Canada in addition to Mexico of steel in addition to aluminum tarrifs. 

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Thursday welcomed U.S. Treasury sanctions on 17 Saudi officials for their role inside the killing last month of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in addition to said Canada was weighing similar action.

“Canada welcomes the U.S. action,” Freeland told reporters after touring a factory in Port Colborne, Ontario, adding of which Canada will be “actively considering” similar sanctions in coming days.

Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, in addition to the U.S. Treasury on Thursday announced sanctions targeting Saudi nationals, not the Riyadh government. The sanctions limit access to the U.S. financial system in addition to freeze the individuals’ assets.

Freeland said Canada can be considering the same kind of targeted sanctions implemented under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which targets perpetrators of serious human rights abuses in addition to corruption.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised there might be “consequences” for the murder, in addition to he has said Ottawa can be reviewing export permits to Saudi Arabia.

Opposition critics in addition to human rights groups say of which if Trudeau can be serious about standing up for human rights, he should cancel a $13 billion contract for armored vehicles built in Canada by U.S.-based General Dynamics.

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