Canada cuts off relations with Iran

2012-09-07 22:21

Ottawa - Canada closed its Tehran embassy and vowed to expel Iranian diplomats on Friday, expressing concern for the mission's safety and slamming Iran's support for the Syrian regime and its threats against Israel.

"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," Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said.

"Diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran have been suspended. All Canadian diplomatic staff have left Iran, and Iranian diplomats in Ottawa have been instructed to leave within five days," he said, in a statement.

Canada did not cite a specific incident that caused the breakdown in ties, but issued a strongly worded attack on Tehran's support for Bashar al-Assad's beleaguered Syrian regime and its "incitement to genocide" against Israel.

Baird also attacked Tehran's failure to account for its nuclear programme, which Western powers allege is designed to give Iran a nuclear bomb, and accused the "Iranian regime" of promoting international terrorism.

He also warned Canadians, including dual national Canadian-Iranians, that Ottawa will not be able to provide assistance to them if they travel to Iran.

‘Among worst violators of human rights’

"The Iranian regime is providing increasing military assistance to the Assad regime," he said, in the statement.

"It refuses to comply with UN resolutions pertaining to its nuclear programme; it routinely threatens the existence of Israel and engages in racist anti-Semitic rhetoric and incitement to genocide," the statement continued.

"It is among the world's worst violators of human rights and it shelters and materially supports terrorist groups.

"Moreover, the Iranian regime has shown blatant disregard for the Vienna Convention and its guarantee of protection for diplomatic personnel. Under the circumstances, Canada can no longer maintain a diplomatic presence in Iran.

"Our diplomats serve Canada as civilians, and their safety is our number one priority," he said.

The statement advised Canadians in Iran needing consular assistance to try to contact the Canadian mission in Turkey, and warned them that the "Iranian regime does not recognise the principle of dual nationality."

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-08 02:10

    . It is highly likely that this assad moster is no longer in Syria, or mayby he is hiding at the Russian naval base. His family , friends, and most of his inner circle, are for sure out of the country !! And the ones remaining, are making final preparations to leave, and to continue living a luxury live, with the loot stolen from the Syrian people!! AND THAN......the worlds attention will focus on Iran, where a bunch of religious psychopaths have hijacked the country from its rightfull owners; The Iranian people!!! Egyptian President Morsi, four hour visit to Teheran last week, has again given hope to the opposition, including the ones in jail. Myself, I can hardly wait , to see these ayatollahs freaks, hanging from a tree. THAT'S going to be quite a sight !!!!!

  • larry.lachman.54 - 2012-09-08 06:51

    Thank you Canada.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-08 07:45

    Western countries are behaving like thugs – indeed that is what they are. What did Iran do to Canada? Why must they always gang up against other countries. Next, it will be the turn of Australia to announce similar threats to Iran – and then even tiny New Zealand will join in.

      Phelamanga - 2012-09-08 09:05

      There is something called a conscience, and what is happening in Syria is morally indefensible. The Syrian people are being killed by their own government. It's strange from a person whose people stood up against the tyranny of apartheid should even think as you do. It was these selfsame countries that broke off diplomatic relations with the apartheid government and gave millions of dollars in aid to ANC exiles over the years. Canada, Australia and New Zealand gave their support to the anti-apartheid movement and sheltered many of the exiles, and they were some of the first countries to open diplomatic relations with the ANC-ruled South Africa after 1994. Were they thugs then? This is one of the casualties of recent South African rewritten history which focuses on the ties that the ANC had with the USSR, the GDR and Cuba - two of which have disappeared from the map and the other being bailed out by using South African taxpayers' money - your money. You might not be aware that even the Arab countries have broken off ties with the Syrian government as have many African countries. Iran is known to sponsor violence in various parts of the world and has vowed to spread its influence through terrorism. To condemn what Canada has done and to give tacit support to Assad indicates where your conscience is.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-08 09:23

      Canada did not threaten anyone. Once again you are twisting the facts to suit your warped logic.

      Larry - 2012-09-08 10:23

      A sick person is usually the last to acknowledge their sickness. As per commentators above, Fuedel, it should be obvious to even you that your support for Iran is indefensible.

      nigel.vos.1 - 2012-09-08 10:29

      Fidel - rubbish

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-08 19:52

      But then Fidel believes even Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, such is his obsessive anti-West delusion. His words on the US/Mandela story a few weeks ago.

      james.peterson.14289210 - 2012-09-09 13:52

      fidel u know all about thugs u are one you pathetic !!

  • raymon.mcnelly - 2012-09-08 20:36

    Not you again fidel.mgoqi ... you're such an a$$hat ..

  • Madhi - 2012-09-09 21:13

    Canada is buying favour in the silly election season. It is normal for North Americans and Europeans to target play football with the lives of Iranians, Palestinians and yes, lately Syrian minorities in order to get more Jewish money. Apparently selling your soul for a shilling did not die with Judas 2000 ago. True the difference now is that Zionist Jews are the Romans with their strangle hold of western thoughts and minds, and the West are the Judas while Muslims are the body of Christ the son of Marry, May Peace Be Upon Him. Just like the Christian tradition says about Issa/Jesus's outwitting the killers 2000 years ago, Muslims will survive this oppression and God willing, an army of believers will liberate Jerusalem and Filistin in my life time. We are told to wait for the second coming of Issa/Jesus first for that so we will have sabir/patience, and The Son of Marry will witness the victory of the holy warriors over evil and injustice with Allah's will. Before then, let Canada and other Zionist controlled states rule this world with iron fists for a while, shedding our blood for the pleasure of their financiers.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-10 05:52

      . Madhi, Where the heck, do you get this crap from, this is not normal!!! And you want anyone to take you serious?????? Even your radical buddies, with their half baked pseudo intellectual BS, will be scratching their forehead !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-10 05:56

      . And all this idiocy comes from a person, who has no problem whatsoever, that a violent psychopath, this assad monster, is slaughtering tens of thousands of your own people. It is hard to imagine, getting any more banal than that !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-10 14:38

      What absolute rubbish.

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