Foreign ministers of the Arab League take part in an emergency meeting at the League's headquarters in Cairo March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Stockholm, the Swedish Foreign Ministry said Wednesday, as a rift between the two countries deepened with Sweden cutting military ties after a row over a human rights speech.Sweden scrapped a long-standing military deal with the Saudis Tuesday after accusing the country of blocking Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem from speaking at an Arab League meeting in Cairo Monday.Saudi Arabia is the third largest non-Western buyer of Swedish arms. Wallstroem has rarely commented on Saudi Arabia but in January she condemned the kingdom's treatment of blogger Raef Badawi, who had been sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for insulting Islam.Taking a stance against Saudi Arabia today risked Sweden's credibility as a business partner, according to some center-right opposition politicians and the Swedish business community.
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