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Canada's reduced position in the world and uncertain relationship with the United States, its most important trading partner, has made the country an obvious target for Saudi Arabia's ire, says a politics professor at Memorial University .

The last few series of diplomatic squabbles the Canadian government has found itself in have almost come as a bit of a surprise Russell Williams told the St. John's Morning Show on Monday .

The result is a situation that makes it difficult for researchers, academics and analysts to know what to predict for the country's ongoing foreign relations, Williams said .

" There's a lot of questions and not a lot of answers, and not a lot of clear indications as to what the future holds for Canada .

The most recent of those squabbles is the country's continuing fight with Saudi Arabia, sparked after Canada criticized the arrest of political activists .

Controversial statements from President Donald Trump and other U.S. officials after the most recent G7 meeting made Canada's stature clear before this latest issue came up, he said .

The U.S. State Department's statement on the dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia was also revealing, he said, in the way it took steps to remove itself from the situation .

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