Canada expressed concern for the mission’s safety and criticized Iran’s support for the Syrian regime and its threats against Israel.
“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”, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said.
“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”, Baird added.
Canada did not cite a specific incident that caused the breakdown in ties, but issued a strongly worded attack on Tehran’s support for Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime and its “incitement to genocide” against Israel.