TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s parliamentary speaker cancelled on Saturday a visit to Canada to protest Ottawa’s decision to cut diplomatic relations, and Tehran’s foreign ministry called “unwise” a five-day deadline set by Canada for Iranian diplomats to leave the country.
Canada shut its embassy in Tehran on Friday accusing the Islamic Republic of being the most significant threat to world peace. The surprise action reinforces the Conservative government’s close ties with Tehran’s arch foe Israel.
To protest the cutting of ties, Iran’s parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani decided not to attend a meeting of legislators from different countries scheduled for late October, Fars news agency said.
Tehran’s Foreign Ministry meanwhile said that Ottawa’s five-day deadline for its diplomats to leave was “unwise.” It said Canada cut relations in an “unprofessional, unconventional, and unjustifiable manner while resorting to misusing international law.”