Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador from Sweden as rift widens

The Saudi embassy in Stockholm

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador from Sweden, widening a diplomatic rift between two countries with sharply contrasting views on everything from women’s rights to criminal justice.

The move comes after Sweden refused to renew a 10-year-old weapons deal with Saudi Arabia and the Saudis blocked the Swedish foreign minister from giving a speech to the Arab League.

Swedish Foreign Ministry spokesman Gabriel Wernstedt said Wednesday that the Saudis were recalling their ambassador because of “Sweden’s criticism regarding human rights and democracy” in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

The official Saudi Press Agency reported that the Saudi Foreign Ministry recalled its diplomat because it considered remarks by Sweden’s foreign minister about the kingdom as “blatant interference it its internal affairs”…

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  • Sweden????

    • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

      The most surprising things I took from the article were:

      1. The Swedes have a weapons deal with the Saudis.
      2. The Swedes still make weapons.

      • David Murrell

        …and the fact that Sweden could possible disagree with anything to do with Islam. A shocker.

  • J. C.

    But… But… I thought the Land of the Feminazis loved the little desert rascals?!?!?! 😉

  • Censored_often

    Sweden not listening to their Muslim masters in Saudi Arabia?!? This must be a Zionist plot!

  • mobuyus

    Feeding yourself to the Crocodile in hopes that you’re eaten last never works.

  • BillyHW

    But did they not recognize the fictitious state of “Palestine”?

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    ‘…the Saudis were recalling their ambassador because of “Sweden’s criticism regarding human rights and democracy” in the ultra-conservative kingdom.’

    This what happens when apple farmers insist on trying to sell their product to staunch orange farmers.

    Will the apple farmers never learn?

  • Hard Little Machine

    Sweden is pissed that Saudi Arabia doesn’t appreciate how much they want to become Saudi Arabia.