Alahednews
english.alahednews.com.lb
Al-Ahed Telegram
Sayyed Nasrallah on Behalf of Resistance Axis: Palestine our Core Priority, 3rd Intifada A Must Elderly Palestinian Woman Dies during «Israeli» Raid on Her WB Home Rouhani: We’re Ready for Cooperation with Muslim States to Defend Al-Quds Tillerson Says US Ready to Talk to NKorea Erdogan Calls On World to Recognize Al-Quds as Palestinian Capital Russia Pledges to Help Negotiate an End to Libya Crisis Moore Loses To Jones in Humiliating Senate Result for Donald Trump Muslim Leaders Convene, Discuss Al-Quds at OIC Emergency Summit in Istanbul Huge, Mysterious Object Flying Past Earth Might Be an Alien Spacecraft Rouhani: Trump’s Al-Quds Bid Creates New Tension in Middle East #Rouhani: After the defeat of #Daesh, we should not ignore the dangers of "#Israel" and its nuclear arsenal, which threatens the entire world #Rouhani: #US Not Honest Broker in Resolving #Palestinian-#Israeli Conflict #Rouhani: #Islamic Unity Is Only Way to Support Islamic Rights and #Quds #Rouhani: The #Muslim nation must solve its own problems #Rouhani: All Available Means Must Be Taken to Confront the #US #Quds Move #Iran: OIC Held on Basis of Islamic Countries' Right Vision towards US #Quds Move King of #Jordan from #Istanbul: #US Recognition of #AlQuds as the Capital of '#Israel' is a Dangerous Decision that Harms Securtiy and Stability #Abbas: We Are Firm in Ending Division, ‘No State In Gaza And No State Without Gaza' #Abbas: #AlQuds is a red line that we must protect and preserve #Abbas: We will break our agreement with Washington as long as America broke its agreements with us
Guestbook mailinglist.php arabic site french site spanish site facebook twitter rss page
News Categories » NEWS » Americas » Canada

Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size  Print Page
Canada Regrets Cutting Ties with Iran, Wants to Re-engage
Local Editor

Canada's foreign minister confirmed that his country's 2012 move to cut diplomatic ties with Iran has had no positive consequences whatsoever, expressing articulate willingness for re-engagement with the Islamic Republic.

Canadian FM Stéphane Dion

"Canada's severing of ties with Iran had no positive consequences for anyone: not for Canadians, not for the people of Iran...and not for global security," Stéphane Dion said on Tuesday while addressing an international conference at the University of Ottawa.

The administration of former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper severed diplomatic ties with Iran in September 2012, citing, among other pretexts, what it described as continued threats from Iran to "Israel".

In his Tuesday remarks, Dion, who serves under the new government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said, "Canada's embassy in Iran has been closed for over three years. With which results? Is it right to need to count on Italy to protect our interests in this country?"

Canada maintains an interest section in the Italian embassy in Iran.

"Today, Canada must return to Iran to play a useful role in that region of the world... We are being asked by all sides to reengage, and we are doing so," he said.

Referring to the implementation of a nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, Dion said that, "The deal has significantly constrained and rolled back Iran's nuclear program and ensured ongoing and robust verification by the International Atomic Energy Agency" [IAEA] of Iran's compliance with the accord.

The agreement, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA], was reached between the Islamic Republican and the P5+1 countries - the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany - on July 14, 2015, in Vienna, Austria. It went into effect on January 16.

After the JCPOA went into effect, all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the European Union, the United Nations Security Council and the US were lifted. Iran, in return, has put some limitations on its nuclear activities.

"Canada should have strongly supported the efforts of our allies," the Canadian foreign minister said in reference to the P5+1 group.

Dion further said that, "In line with the approach taken by the majority of our allies and like-minded [countries], we also amended our unilateral sanctions" against the Islamic Republic.

"Unilateral sanctions [against Iran] maintained by Canada alone would be ineffective against Iran, and would have negative consequences for many Canadian families and businesses," Dion said.

Dion further expressed willingness for the reopening of Canada's embassy in Iran.

The government of Canada's Prime Minister Trudeau has been voicing willingness to resume ties with Iran almost since it took office in late 2015.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

30-03-2016 | 11:41


Name
E-Mail
Comment Title
Comment
Human Verification


News Coverage

Related News

Search
To Top