Today, Canada announced that it is closing its embassy in Iran and would be expelling Iranian diplomats from Canada. As Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said “Canada has closed its embassy in Iran, effective immediately, and declared personae non gratae all remaining Iranian diplomats in Canada. Canada’s position on the regime in Iran is well known. Canada views the Government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today,” said Baird.
“The Iranian regime is providing increasing military assistance to the Assad regime; it refuses to comply with UN resolutions pertaining to its nuclear program; it routinely threatens the existence of Israel and engages in racist anti-Semitic rhetoric and incitement to genocide; it is among the world’s worst violators of human rights; and it shelters and materially supports terrorist groups, requiring the Government of Canada to formally list Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism under the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act. Moreover, the Iranian regime has shown blatant disregard for the Vienna Convention and its guarantee of protection for diplomatic personnel. Under the circumstances, Canada can no longer maintain a diplomatic presence in Iran. Our diplomats serve Canada as civilians, and their safety is our number one priority. Diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran have been suspended. All Canadian diplomatic staff have left Iran, and Iranian diplomats in Ottawa have been instructed to leave within five days.”
Naturally, the Government of The State of Israel commended Canada: “A week after the show of anti-Semitism and hatred in Tehran, the Canadian government has adopted a highly moral step. The determination shown by Canada is very important so the Iranians realize they cannot continue the race for nuclear weapons. This practical step should be an example to the international community of morality and responsibility.”
The State of Israel said: “It is important that the international community join this pressure by presenting clear red lines for Iran.” What a public relations nightmare for the Warwick Hotel in NYC which is hosting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran during his upcoming NYC visit. Will Obama stand up and do the right thing or allow Canada to be the moral and just nation?
Ronn Torossian is an entrepreneur, author & philanthropist.