TEHRAN, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Iran has called Canada's suspension of diplomatic ties with the country as a "hostile" measure.
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chief of Iran's Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said that Canada' s suspension of diplomatic ties with Iran is a "hostile" decision, Press TV reported on Saturday.
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast also said Friday that the Canadian government had taken "various hostile measures" against the Iranian nation and the Iranians living in Canada, and the "hostile" attitude of the contemporary government of Canada towards Iranians was in complicit with the policies of Britain and Israel, the official IRNA news agency reported.
The remarks by the Iranian lawmaker and the spokesman came after Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird announced Friday that Canada had suspended its diplomatic relations with Iran and instructed Iranian diplomats in Canada to leave within five days.
Baird said in a statement that "Canada has closed its embassy in Iran, effective immediately, and declared personae non gratae all remaining Iranian diplomats in Canada."
Canada views the government of Iran as the biggest threat to global peace and security in the world today, he said, slamming Tehran on such issues as the Syrian crisis and Iran's nuclear program.
Boroujerdi said that the Canadian government is "blindly" following Britain in closing down its embassy in Tehran, according to Press TV.
In November 2011, Britain closed its embassy in Tehran after angry Iranian demonstrators broke into two British embassy compounds, burning British flags and a car, following Iran's decision to downgrade its diplomatic ties with Britain in response to its financial sanctions against Tehran.
"The British government certainly seeks to lead its friends to the same path that it had taken. Therefore, this decision was in fact blind acquiescence by the Canadian government," Boroujerdi was quoted as saying by Press TV.
Iran will consider Canada's measure of suspending its diplomatic ties with Iran and "the Islamic republic will make the best decision in this regard," Mansour Haqiqatpour, another Iranian lawmaker, was quoted as saying.
Iranian officials have further linked Canada's suspension of ties with Tehran to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit recently held in the Iranian capital, saying that the summit was a "defeat" to Canada.
Boroujerdi said that Canada sought to undermine the significance of the NAM summit, adding that the Canadian government's decision was also a reaction to Iran's "success" in holding the summit, Press TV reported on Saturday.
"It is necessary for the [Iranian] Foreign Ministry to respond to the measures taken by Canada according to the national interests," Boroujerdi was quoted as saying by Fars on Friday, adding that "the first step ... can be to expel the staff of Canadian embassy in Tehran from the country."
Over the past few years, Canada has been an active player in imposing sanctions against Iran, prohibiting trade and financial dealings with Iran's entities and individuals in an effort to suspend Tehran's all uranium enrichment-related and reprocessing activities.