Ottawa closes embassy in Tehran; orders all Iranian envoys to leave Canada in five days. FM: Iran most significant threat to global peace
Canada has suspended diplomatic relations with Iran and is expelling Iranian diplomats from Canada, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced Friday.
According to a CBC report, Ottawa closed its embassy in Iran and has given all remaining Iranian diplomats in Canada five days to leave the country.
“Canada has closed its embassy in Iran, effective immediately, and declared personae non gratae all remaining Iranian diplomats in Canada,” Baird said in a statement.
“Canada’s position on the regime in Iran is well known. Canada views the Government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today.”
Baird’s statement cited Iran’s failure to comply with UN resolutions on its nuclear program and its threats against Israel as the reason for the move, as well as Tehran’s support of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s brutal crackdown in the pro-democratic movement in his country.
According to CBC, the statement also makes reference to Iran’s “blatant disregard of the Vienna Convention that guarantees the protection of diplomatic personnel.”
Britain was the last nation to expel all Iranian diplomats stationed on its soil.
The move, ordered in late November, followed the storming of the British Embassy in Tehran.