Tehran still cannot understand why Canada unilaterally severed diplomatic ties with Iran, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi told the Tehran Times on Sunday after a former Canadian diplomat had criticized Ottawa for the current diplomatic blackout.
This still remains an unanswered question for us,” Qassemi said, adding Tehran has already held several meetings with the current Canadian administration with the hope to resume relations.
Qassemi said Tehran considers as “a bizarre precedent” the ruling by the Canadian parliament that forbids the government from pursuing talks with Iran. “Iran has on many occasions decried this law, recognizing it as a flawed innovation in international law, violating governments’ immunity.”
“Notwithstanding that, however, with the coming of the Liberal government and through bilateral consent, we pursued negotiations with the incumbent Canadian government in multiple stages in Tehran and a third country. We announced our readiness for opening the consular sections of the two countries. But it seems the Canadian government, for domestic concerns, is not fully ready and cannot take a firm step to develop relations.”
The Iranian diplomat concluded by saying that Tehran is ready for “any measures and negotiations” that could facilitate services to Iranian nationals in Canada. “The Canadian government is aware of this issue.”