Canada Condemns Storming of U.K. Embassy in Iran

(No. 357 – November 29, 2011 – 6:50 p.m. ET) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada is outraged by the storming of the U.K. embassy in Tehran by protestors earlier today.

“Iranian authorities failed to uphold their serious responsibilities under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, namely, to safeguard diplomatic premises and ensure the safety of internationally protected persons. My officials have summoned the Iranian chargé d’affaires to Canada to convey our displeasure directly.

“Canada’s diplomatic properties in Tehran remain secure, and all mission staff are safe. We have offered our support to British diplomatic and embassy staff in light of the damage to their embassy.

“The Iranian authorities must fulfill their international obligations to restore order, safeguard all diplomatic facilities and ensure the protection of all diplomatic and embassy staff in Iran.”

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