Saudi Arabia says there is no room for mediation in the kingdom's escalating diplomatic dispute with Canada, days after Riyadh abruptly cut ties with Ottawa over its criticism of the Saudi crackdown on dissent.
Since rising to power in 2015, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has courted Western allies to support his reform plans, offering billions of dollars of arms sales and promising to fight radicalism in the kingdom.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, said the kingdom was still "considering additional measures" against Canada.
Saudi Arabia's national airline suspended flights to and from Toronto on Tuesday. "I don't think, understanding Saudi Arabia's foreign policy, that they're going to climb down from this, so we're at an impasse".
Saudi Arabia, ruled by its interpretation of Islamic law, rarely carries out crucifixions, but capital punishment remains common.
Days after Saudi Arabia expelled Canada's ambassador, the country has made a decision to freeze new trade deals and force Saudi students studying in Canada to leave.
On Tuesday, Finance Minister Bill Morneau appeared to downplay the financial impact of the diplomatic dispute.
Wednesday's death sentence for Jamaleddeen coincides with a new Saudi state media push to attack Canada's human rights record as an escalation in a growing feud between the two distant countries. Saudia Airlines has also announced it will suspend flights to and from Canada starting August 13.
One well-placed source said the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - which stresses the importance of human rights - planned to reach out to the UAE.
"We have very strong trading relationships around the world", he said.
The European Commission said it's seeking clarification about the arrest of activists in Saudi Arabia. Canada's ambassador, Dennis Horak, is not in Riyadh.
Has this sort of thing ever happened before? "A mistake has been made and a mistake should be corrected", he told a news conference in Riyadh.