Baird Announces Closure of Canadian Embassy in Iran
September 7, 2012 - Vladivostok, Russia - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird answers questions from the media after announcing that Canada has closed its embassy in Iran, effective immediately, and has declared personae non gratae all remaining Iranian diplomats in Canada. In a statement, Baird said that Canada views the Government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today, that Canada can no longer maintain a diplomatic presence in Iran and that diplomatic relations between the two countries have been suspended. All Canadian diplomatic staff have left Iran, and Iranian diplomats in Ottawa have been instructed to leave within five days.
For Minister Baird’s full statement, please visit Canada Closes Embassy in Iran, Expels Iranian Diplomats from Canada.
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