Tehran de­nounces Ottawa’s move to cease ne­go­ti­a­tions on restor­ing Iran ties

Iran Daily - - National -

Iran’s For­eign Min­istry’s spokesman Bahram Qassemi ex­pressed Tehran’s dis­sat­is­fac­tion over the re­cent move by the Canadian House of Com­mons to “cease all ne­go­ti­a­tions or dis­cus­sions” on restor­ing diplo­matic re­la­tions with Tehran.

Qassemi de­scribed the move as a strategic mis­take which would have de­struc­tive con­se­quences, the For­eign Min­istry’s of­fi­cial web­site re­ported on Wed­nes­day.

The Ira­nian of­fi­cial also con­demned rais­ing al­le­ga­tions against Iran’s mil­i­tary in­sti­tu­tions dur­ing the ses­sion of the Canadian House of Com­mons.

The gov­ern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau re­versed Canada’s long-stated goal to im­prove re­la­tions with Iran.

On June 12, the gov­ern­ment sided with an op­po­si­tion mo­tion in Par­lia­ment de­mand­ing that Ottawa “im­me­di­ately cease all ne­go­ti­a­tions or dis­cus­sions” on restor­ing diplo­matic re­la­tions with Iran.

The mo­tion was in­tro­duced by a Con­ser­va­tive mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Gar­nett Genuis.

Former Canadian prime min­is­ter Stephen Harper sev­ered Canada’s diplo­matic ties with Iran in Septem­ber 2012 when he closed the Canadian Em­bassy in Tehran. But Canada con­tin­ued to hold on to the ob­jec­tive of restor­ing re­la­tions with Iran.

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