Iran Dismisses Canada’s “Meddlesome” Statement

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has condemned Canada’s interference in internal affairs of Iran, saying that the meddlesome positions of the Canadian government on the recent developments in Iran are in contravention of its legal and international obligations.

In a statement on Sunday, the Iranian spokesperson condemned the interventionist statement of the Canadian Department of Global Affairs, and emphasised that such positions by the Canadian government are in contradiction to the statements of its high-ranking officials regarding the interaction and dialogue with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“Unfortunately, the Canadian government’s rhetoric is a repetition of the false, illogical and inappropriate rhetoric of the previous Canadian administrations against the Iranian people, which are totally rejected,” he added.

Qassemi referred to the recent murder of an Iranian citizen residing in Canada and the Canadian administration’s failure to give any response to the incident, and described it as an example of the double-standard policies of Ottawa towards Iranian citizens.

Another instance of such policies is the Canadian government’s inattention to the demands of the Iranian people living in Canada who want to enjoy basic consular and residential rights, he noted, adding that Canada is ignoring such demands despite the continued follow-ups of Iranian citizens and Iran’s foreign ministry.

Canada’s Department of Global Affairs on Saturday released a statement on the ongoing developments in Iran, saying that Ottawa is closely monitoring protests in the Islamic Republic.

“Canada is encouraged by the Iranian people who are exercising their basic right to protest peacefully. We call on the Iranian authorities to uphold and respect democratic and human rights. Canada will continue to support the fundamental rights of Iranians, including the right to freedom of expression,” read the statement.

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