Iran's Foreign Ministry reacts to closure of Canadian Embassy in Tehran
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 8 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast spoke out on the incident of closure of Canadian Embassy in Tehran yesterday, Mehr reported.
Mehmanparast said this action was issued by the government of Canada, that pursues anti-Iranian policy.
Yesterday dpa reported quoting Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird that country's Embassy in Tehran has been closed, and all Iranian diplomats are being expelled from Canada.
Baird said that the Iranian regime had shown "blatant disregard" for the Vienna convention and its guarantee of protection for diplomatic personnel.
In the statement posted on the Foreign Ministry's website, Baird also cited Iran's military assistance for the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and defiance of UN resolutions that it must come clean about its nuclear programme.
Ramin Mehmanparast said it was Canada's answer to Iran's successful hosting of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran last month.
"The current government of Canada, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, follows extreme policies both towards Iranians and Canadian society as well," Mehmanparast said.
"They closed the Visa Section in the Canadian Embassy in Tehran, blocking the accounts of Iranians, thus prohibiting transactions with Iranian students in Canada, and now closed the embassy as well," Mehmanparast said.
He noted that Canadian Government shows hostile behavior towards the Iranian nation.
"The current racist government of Canada follows the policies dictated to it by Jews and the British," Mehmanparast noted, adding that Canada's efforts in ruining the non-aligned summit have failed.
Iran's FM spokesman noted that soon Iran will issue a proper response to the Canadian government.