News ID: 134807
Published: 0646 GMT January 11, 2016

Tehran welcomes Ottawa move to restore ties

Tehran welcomes Ottawa move to restore ties

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, on Monday said Tehran was not the one that cut ties with Ottawa, and thus welcomes any move by the new Canadian administration to resume bilateral ties.

The new Canadian administration is aware of its predecessor’s wrong policy of cutting relations with Iran, Jaberi Ansari said in his weekly press conference, adding that severing ties with others has proved to be a failed and futile policy, Tasnim News Agency reported.

“We hope that following change in Canada’s government …, the new Canadian administration would make necessary political and diplomatic decisions to restore the severed ties,” he said.

Iran would show appropriate reaction if any such decision is made by Canada, the spokesman stressed.

Former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper severed diplomatic relations with Iran in September 2012.

The Canadian government closed its embassy in the Iran and demanded that Iranian diplomats leave Canada within five days.

The two countries maintain interest sections in the embassies of third countries.

However, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to reopen the country’s embassy in Iran.


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