Canada says ambassador to Iran expelled


Iran has ordered Canada’s ambassador to leave the country, the Canadian foreign minister said late Monday, calling the move unjustifiable.

Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier suggested the expulsion of Ambassador John Mundy, who was recently appointed but has not yet had his credentials accepted, was a tit-for-tat move by the government in Tehran.

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,” Bernier said in a statement. “We believe that the expulsion of our ambassador is an unfortunate and unjustified consequence of this situation. As always, Canada remains prepared to receive an Iranian ambassador provided a suitable candidate is presented,” he said.

The statement did not explain why the Iranian candidates had been unacceptable to Canada. CONTINUE

December 4, 2007 | Comments Off on Canada says ambassador to Iran expelled

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