A still from a video supplied by Saudi human rights activists shows Saudi Arabia using armoured vehicles against minority Shia Muslim dissidents in the Mideast country's Eastern Province.
(European-Saudi Organisation for Human Rights)
Globe and Mail: Saudi Arabian officials say arms deal with Canada an act of friendship
Saudi Arabian officials say the controversial $15-billion Canadian deal to supply Riyadh with weaponized armoured vehicles should be seen as a goodwill gesture by the Islamic kingdom to cement its friendship with Canada.
They are also denying the authenticity of reports which show older Canadian-made combat vehicles taking part in the Yemeni war – a use for the machines that was not contemplated when Canada sold them to Saudi Arabia to maintain internal security.
Saudi Arabia’s chief envoy told The Globe and Mail that the General Dynamics LAV contract, personally approved for export by Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion in April, is an act of friendship.
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WNU Editor: A $15 billion dollar export deal buys a lot of friendship.