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Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador from Sweden as diplomatic spat deepens

  • Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom gestures during a media interview  at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in central Stockholm, Sweden, on Wednesday  March 11, 2015.   Sweden says Saudi Arabia is recalling its ambassador from Stockholm in a growing diplomatic dispute between the two countries. Swedish Foreign Ministry spokesman Gabriel Wernstedt said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia had informed the ministry that it was recalling Ambassador Ibrahim bin Saad Al-Ibrahim because of "Sweden's criticism regarding human rights and democracy" in the ultra-conservative kingdom. (AP Photo/Claudio Bresciani, TT)  SWEDEN OUT

    Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom gestures during a media interview at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in central Stockholm, Sweden, on Wednesday March 11, 2015. Sweden says Saudi Arabia is recalling its ambassador from Stockholm in a growing diplomatic dispute between the two countries. Swedish Foreign Ministry spokesman Gabriel Wernstedt said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia had informed the ministry that it was recalling Ambassador Ibrahim bin Saad Al-Ibrahim because of "Sweden's criticism regarding human rights and democracy" in the ultra-conservative kingdom. (AP Photo/Claudio Bresciani, TT) SWEDEN OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • This is the front facsade of  Saudi Arabia's embassy in Stockholm Wednesday March 11, 2015.  Sweden says Saudi Arabia is recalling its ambassador from Stockholm in a growing diplomatic dispute between the two countries. Swedish Foreign Ministry spokesman Gabriel Wernstedt said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia had informed the ministry that it was recalling Ambassador Ibrahim bin Saad Al-Ibrahim because of "Sweden's criticism regarding human rights and democracy" in the ultra-conservative kingdom. (AP Photo/Nora Lorek)   SWEDEN OUT

    This is the front facsade of Saudi Arabia's embassy in Stockholm Wednesday March 11, 2015. Sweden says Saudi Arabia is recalling its ambassador from Stockholm in a growing diplomatic dispute between the two countries. Swedish Foreign Ministry spokesman Gabriel Wernstedt said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia had informed the ministry that it was recalling Ambassador Ibrahim bin Saad Al-Ibrahim because of "Sweden's criticism regarding human rights and democracy" in the ultra-conservative kingdom. (AP Photo/Nora Lorek) SWEDEN OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom gestures during a media interview  at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in central Stockholm, Sweden, on Wednesday  March 11, 2015.   Sweden says Saudi Arabia is recalling its ambassador from Stockholm in a growing diplomatic dispute between the two countries. Swedish Foreign Ministry spokesman Gabriel Wernstedt said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia had informed the ministry that it was recalling Ambassador Ibrahim bin Saad Al-Ibrahim because of "Sweden's criticism regarding human rights and democracy" in the ultra-conservative kingdom. (AP Photo/Claudio Bresciani, TT)  SWEDEN OUT

    Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom gestures during a media interview at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in central Stockholm, Sweden, on Wednesday March 11, 2015. Sweden says Saudi Arabia is recalling its ambassador from Stockholm in a growing diplomatic dispute between the two countries. Swedish Foreign Ministry spokesman Gabriel Wernstedt said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia had informed the ministry that it was recalling Ambassador Ibrahim bin Saad Al-Ibrahim because of "Sweden's criticism regarding human rights and democracy" in the ultra-conservative kingdom. (AP Photo/Claudio Bresciani, TT) SWEDEN OUT  (The Associated Press)

Sweden says Saudi Arabia is recalling its ambassador from Stockholm in a growing diplomatic dispute between the two countries.

Swedish Foreign Ministry spokesman Gabriel Wernstedt said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia had informed the ministry that it was recalling Ambassador Ibrahim bin Saad Al-Ibrahim because of "Sweden's criticism regarding human rights and democracy" in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

The Saudi move comes a day after Sweden's left-leaning government announced it would not renew a 2005 military cooperation deal with Saudi Arabia that expires this year.

Earlier this week Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said she was barred from giving a speech to the Arab League in Cairo after protests from Saudi delegates.