Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has censured the Canadian House of Commons’ vote against relations with Tehran, calling it an “unconstructive” move.
Expressing dissatisfaction with the vote, Qassemi said in a Wednesday statement that although the approval of the motion is in its early stages and it needs another vote to be signed into law, it would be a strategic and fundamental mistake with devastating result if ratified.
Such a motion shows the Canadian legislators’ lack of accurate and sufficient information on the clear and logical positions of the Islamic Republic of Iran in confronting the ominous phenomenon of terrorism, said the Iranian spokesman.
In the past decades, the Iranian people have been victims of violent terrorism supported by some known foreign countries, Qassemi said.
Therefore, he added, considering their moral principles and noble cultural teachings, the Iranian nation has always been a pioneer in the fight against these phenomena, particularly at a time when extremism and terrorism is expanding in the region and the world.
“The world’s public opinion will never accept the baseless and false accusation that Iran supports terrorism.”
Qassemi further warned against the consequences of adopting such inconclusive and unfounded motions.
He also expressed the hope that the Canadian government, with full knowledge of the clear policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and understanding the present-day conditions of the region and the world, would prevent the final adoption of the motion and its destructive effects on bilateral relations.
Liberals in Canada’s House of Commons passed a strongly-worded Conservative motion condemning the Iranian government on Tuesday.
The move saw Prime Minister Justin Trudeau call on the government to “abandon its current plan and immediately cease any and all negotiations or discussions” to restore diplomatic relations, and to immediately list the IRGC as a terrorist entity under Canada’s Criminal Code.