Friday, January 22, 2016
Canada - Conservative critic warns Trudeau Admin: "Too dangerous to reopen Canadian embassy in Iran"
Canada - Conservative critic warns Trudeau Admin: "Too dangerous to reopen Canadian embassy in Iran" (Conservatives.ca).
The new Liberal government wants to re-establish diplomatic relations with Iran, and it is working to lift sanctions in return for Iran's compliance with the nuclear agreement with the United States and five other major powers.
Kent says Canadian diplomats would remain at risk in a newly opened embassy in Tehran because the Iranian government still isn't living up to its international obligations to protect foreign missions on its soil.
Kent cited attacks on the Saudi Arabian embassy earlier this month following the kingdom's execution of a prominent Iranian cleric. Kent also cited comments from Tehran in recent days since the landmark nuclear deal.
"I believe if the embassy is reopened, Canada will be putting its foreign affairs professionals at serious risk, given the Iranians' very selective protection of diplomatic staff," said Kent.
Iran’s past disregard for the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, its invasion of the UK Embassy, the burning of the Saudi embassy and its targeting of diplomats abroad are all issues on which the Liberal Party has remained silent.”
“While many, including Liberal Minister Dion are celebrating today’s ‘Implementation Day’, we remember all those who have been murdered or harmed by the Iranian regime’s complete disregard for human rights. Thousands of opponents of the regime, as well as religious minorities, gays and lesbians, and others have been a victim of the policies of an evil regime. Our thoughts are with them as well today.” Read the full story here , more here.