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Canada-Saudi Arabia Relations

In Saudi Arabia, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada in Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa.

Bilateral relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia include common interests on many peace and security issues, including energy security, humanitarian affairs (including refugees), and counter-terrorism. Saudi Arabia is a leader of the Arab and Muslim worlds, and Guardian of the Two Holy Mosques (Mecca and Medina). Every year thousands of Canadians are among the approximately two million Muslims who perform the annual hajj, or pilgrimage, to Mecca.

Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s leading oil exporters, exporting 12% of the world’s oil in 2020.  As of 2019, it holds 16% of the world’s known oil reserves. The Kingdom plays a key role in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and has considerable influence on the global economy.

In 2020, Saudi Arabia was Canada’s second largest export market in the region, after the United Arab Emirates. The Kingdom led in merchandise imports to Canada from the MENA region in 2020, followed by Egypt.

Trade and economic interests continue to be at the forefront of Canada’s bilateral relations with Saudi Arabia. However, Canada is seeking to diversify its relations with the Saudi Kingdom.

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Date Modified:
2021-10-21