Af­ter CanadaSaudi row

Manila Times - - Opin­ion -

Saudi Ara­bia is in­creas­ingly us­ing its eco­nomic mus­cle to quell for­eign crit­i­cism un­der its young de facto leader, Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man.

And it ap­pears to be suc­ceed­ing.

“The prince has def­i­nitely tamped down crit­i­cism of Saudi do­mes­tic and... for­eign pol­icy par­tic­u­larly with re­gards to Ye­men, since the ker­fuf­fle with Canada,” said Mo­mani.

“The si­lence of Cana­dian al­lies is deaf­en­ing.” The row with Ot­tawa erupted af­ter an Ara­bic lan­guage tweet on Au­gust 5 from the Cana­dian em­bassy in Riyadh— call­ing for the “im­me­di­ate re­lease” of ac­tivists jailed in the king­dom— in­fu­ri­ated the Saudi gov­ern­ment.

At a press con­fer­ence last month, Jubeir did

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