Skip to comments.Ties with Iran cut because it was added to ‘terrorism list’: John Baird
Posted on 09/14/2012 5:12:14 PM PDT by Squawk 8888
TORONTO As violence and extremism threatened to undo the gains of the Arab Spring, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Friday Canada would focus on helping countries emerging from dictatorship by promoting the full participation of women.
Baird made no mention in his speech about his surprise decision to suspend diplomatic relations with Tehran. The NDP has criticized the move. But later, Mr. Baird told reporters the government was required by legislation passed in March to produce a list of state sponsors of terrorism by Friday. He said since Iran was to be placed on the list, he was concerned about the safety of embassy staff.
I dont know how youd call a state a state sponsor of terrorism and then leave men and women on the ground there, he said, adding, Our embassy in Tehran is not as safe as wed like it to be. Its right on the road, theres no set back, and that was another contributing factor .
At the end of the day it just became uncomfortable for us to leave it open.
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Responding to the ministers speech, Paul Dewar, the NDP foreign affairs critic, said there was a gap between what the government said and what it did. He said if the government was serious about womens rights it would have supported access to abortions under the child and maternal health strategy.
Baird and Harper look like geniuses for closing the embassy in Teheran last week. Their detractors are idiots and fools.
Just exactly what are “the gains of the Arab spring?”
The NDP = New Democratic Party = Social-democratic federal political party in Canada
I think it was the five minutes between the old dictator falling and the new one taking over.