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Saudi reassures Canada on oil supply

RIYADH: A row over human rights in Saudi Arabia will not have any impact on Saudi oil supplies to Canada, its energy minister said yesterday, reassuring customers after Riyadh froze new trade with Canada and ruled out mediation efforts. Saudi Arabia, angered by Canada’s demand last week that jailed activists in the kingdom be freed immediately, expelled the Canadian ambassador, blocked imports of Canadian grain and ended state-backed educational and medical programs in Canada.