Guess who’s coming to dinner? A night in the Saudi embassy

Slammed in media over arms deal, Saudis look to change the channel, but can’t fully avoid the elephant in the room.

Embassy Photo: Sam Garcia
Saudi Ambassador Naif Bin Bandir AlSudairy and Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion on March 24.
Peter Mazereeuw
Published: Wednesday, 03/30/2016 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Tuesday, 04/05/2016 8:45 pm EDT

Besieged by criticism in the media of its human rights record, the Saudi government extended an olive branch to select members of the Ottawa press corps last week, inviting them to an exclusive dinner reception for Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion.

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