Saudi Residents to Stay in Canada


A little more than a thousand Saudi resident doctors who are studying in Canada could finally stay in Canada, the Globe and Mail revealed Monday evening.

According to the newspaper, the 1053 medical residents in university hospitals in the country have received a letter from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education stating that they can remain in office until they are replaced.

Approximately 200 of these students work at the McGill University Health Center.

The other Saudi students in the country will have to pack up and go home by the end of the month.

Last week, Saudi Arabia had already granted resident doctors three weeks to allow Canadian hospitals to adjust to the departure of this workforce.

The recall was staged by Riyadh in retaliation in early August following a Foreign Ministry tweet that worried about the arrest of women’s rights activists.

The Saudi kingdom also expelled the Canadian ambassador and froze its trade relations with Canada, causing a diplomatic crisis between the two countries.

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