Canada regrets Iranā??s decision to expel its ambassador
Dec 04: Iran showing its resentment over Canada’s denial to consent Iran’s proposed diplomatic representation to Canada expelled Canada’s Ambassador to Tehran on Monday.
Foreign Minister of Canada Maxime Bernier described this event as “entirely unjustifiable”; he said “ Canada regrets the decision of the government of Iran to order our ambassador to leave Tehran, which is entirely unjustifiable.”
It is reported that the expulsion resulted after a deadlock between the two countries above Canada’s failure to agree on Iran’s proposed diplomatic representation to Canada.
" Canada and Iran have tried to come to an agreement on an exchange of ambassadors for some time. Unfortunately, we have as yet been unable to accept the candidates Tehran has submitted," he said.
"We believe that the expulsion of our ambassador is an unfortunate and unjustified consequence of this situation," the foreign minister said, adding that Canada's diplomatic business in Tehran would now be handled by the embassy's charge d'affaires.
Though Bernier asserted that both the countries will continue to maintain embassies in the respective capitals and conduct normal operations.
“As always, Canada remains prepared to receive an Iranian ambassador provided a suitable candidate is presented,” the foreign minister said.
"We stand behind our ambassador, who has performed his diplomatic duties with professionalism and dedication. We will continue to monitor the well-being of the other embassy staff in Tehran," he added.
Death of an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi four years ago in 2003 became one of the reasons of sour relationship between the two countries.
She died after being brutally tortured and raped by Iranian security officials; she was detained while taking photographs outside Tehran’s Evin prison during a student protest.
Earlier, Iran said that Zahara was an Iranian citizens and this case was a domestic affair of Iran.
The issue has attracted mass of criticism from many human rights group across the world.
However Canadian government will seek full explanation from Iranian government about the expulsion.
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