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Oman embassy to represent Iranian interests in Canada

English.news.cn   2013-10-23 19:15:06            

TEHRAN, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Oman embassy will serve as an intermediary for Iranian interests in Canada and the Italian Embassy in Tehran will host a Canadian section in Iran, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman was quoted as saying by the Tehran Times daily on Wednesday.

The decision was made after representatives of Iran and Canada held political discussions at the United Nations, said Marzieh Afkham.

On Sept. 7, 2012 Canada closed its embassy in Tehran. It also expelled all Iranian diplomats in Canada a few days later.

The Canadian foreign minister had cited Iran's nuclear program, its hostility toward Israel, and Iran's alleged military assistance to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as the reasons for the decision to close the embassy.

Also, Afkham said that Iran and Britain will appoint non- resident diplomats to each other's country in eight days.

"The appointment of non-resident charge d'affaires will be the first step toward the opening of the embassies, and the relations will be normalized through step-by-step measures," she added.

In November 2011, thousands of angry Iranian demonstrators broke into two British embassy compounds following Iran's decision to downgrade its diplomatic ties with Britain in response to its financial sanctions against Tehran.

Britain then shut down its embassy in Tehran and ordered the immediate closure of the Iranian embassy in London.

Editor: Mengjie
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