"The Kingdom of Bahrain affirms its full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against any external interference in its internal affairs or any side’s attempt to undermine the Saudi sovereignty. The Kingdom of Bahrain also confirms its absolute support for the measures taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in response to the statements made by the Canadian minister of foreign affairs and the Canadian Embassy in Riyadh, on what they called civil society activists," the ministry said in a statement.
The conflict escalated earlier today when the Canadian envoy Dennis Horak was declared a persona non-grata and a trade deal with Ottawa was frozen. Addressing the move, Canada’s Foreign Ministry stated it was "seriously concerned"' by the reports, adding it needed "better clarity" on the situation.
In 2012 Raif Badawi was accused of insulting Islam and committing cybercrimes and sentenced to 10 years in prison. His wife and children fled to Canada immediately after the arrest and became Canadian citizens last July.