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Iran should react "firmly" to Canada's suspension of ties

2012-09-07 20:08:00 GMT2012-09-08 04:08:00(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

TEHRAN, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- A senior Iranian lawmaker said Friday that Iran's Foreign Ministry should react "immediately" and "firmly" to Canada's suspension of its diplomatic relations with Iran, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Canada has suspended its diplomatic relations with Iran and instructed Iranian diplomats in Canada to leave within five days, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said Friday.

"Canada has closed its embassy in Iran, effective immediately, and declared personae non gratae all remaining Iranian diplomats in Canada," Baird said in a statement.

Canada views the government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today, he said, slamming Tehran on such issues as the Syria crisis and Iran's nuclear program.

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, Chief of Iran's Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said Friday that "It is necessary for the [Iranian] Foreign Ministry to respond to the measures taken by Canada according to the national interests."

"The first step [in dealing with the issue] for the Foreign Ministry can be to expel the staff of Canadian embassy in Tehran from the country," Boroujerdi was quoted as saying.

He said since Canada has always followed and backed Britain, it is "natural that it does not feel good towards Iran after the closure of the British embassy in Tehran," said the report.

In November 2011, Britain closed its embassy in Tehran after angry Iranian demonstrators broke into two British embassy compounds, burning British flags and a car, following Iran's decision to downgrade its diplomatic ties with Britain in response to its imposed financial sanctions against Tehran.

Mansour Haqiqatpour, another Iranian lawmaker, said Friday that Canada has always followed the steps of the United States and Britain in dealing with the Islamic republic, according to Fars.

Iran will consider Canada's measure of suspending its diplomatic relations with Iran and "the Islamic republic will make the best decision in this regard," Haqiqatpour was quoted as saying.

Over the past few years, Canada has been an active player in imposing sanctions against Iran, prohibiting trade and financial dealings with Iran's entities and individuals in an effort to suspend Tehran's all uranium enrichment-related and reprocessing activities.

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