Saudi Arabia stops business visas to Swedes in diplomatic row

March 19, 2015 2:08 PM

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has refused to issue any business visas to Swedes, Stockholm's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, in the latest move in a diplomatic row over Swedish criticism of Riyadh's human rights record.

Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador to Stockholm earlier this month, prompting Sweden to cancel a long-standing defense cooperation agreement with Saudi Arabia. A few days earlier, Riyadh canceled a speech due to be given to the League of Arab States by Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom.

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