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September 8, 2012 (TSR) – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Friday that the Canadian government’s decision to close its embassy in Tehran illustrates that it is pursuing the policies dictated by the Zionist regime and Britain.
Yesterday, Canadian foreign minister John Baird released a statement that the government is cutting ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran saying that “Canada views the government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today,” and accused Iran of showing blatant disregard for the safety of foreign diplomats.
Meanwhile, spokesman for the Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Hossein Naqavi Hosseini described as a “diplomatic suicide” the Canadian government’s unilateral move to close its embassy in Tehran, saying the move has no place in diplomatic conventions.
“This move by the Canadian government shows the Islamic Republic’s success in managing one of the most important international movements, namely holding the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran,” he said.
Following the Iranian nation’s great diplomatic victory to hold an important international meeting at the highest level, Canada showed the irrational reaction in line with the policies of the US and the Israeli regime, the lawmaker pointed out.
Mehmanparast also added that Canada, a close ally of the US, closed its embassy in Iran to divert attention away from the Islamic Republic’s success in holding the NAM summit in Tehran.
“The reasons cited by Canada are not worth paying attention to. If this country had (intended) to close its embassy due to its opposition to the role of the Islamic Republic in regard to the Syrian crisis, it should have closed the embassies of certain countries on its soil several months ago, including the countries that trained forces to kill the (Syrian) people and sent weapons to Syria.”
Historic NAM Summit was a political tsunami against the US and its allies
An Iranian lawmaker says Iran’s successful hosting of the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit was a political tsunami against the US and its allies.
“The Non-Aligned Movement summit in Iran and the consensus of 120 countries particularly on the final statement was as much a great success for our country as a political tsunami against the stances of the US, the Zionist regime (Israel) and some of their allies,” spokesman for the Majlis Presiding Board Abdolreza Mesri told ISNA on Saturday.
An Iranian deputy foreign minister said that 16th heads-of-state summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran was a historic event, given the number of the world officials who showed up in the gathering.
“The NAM foreign ministerial meeting was held at a higher level in comparison to the previous meetings of NAM. It was quite unprecedented in the history of NAM,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Expatriates’ Affairs Hassan Qashqavi said Friday.
NAM member states represent nearly two-thirds of the United Nations’ members, the largest grouping of countries, and comprise 55% of the world population, particularly countries considered to be developing or part of the Third World.
The 16th NAM summit held in Tehran from August 26 to 31 had a total of 138 countries which attended the summit.
More than 54 kings and presidents, 72 foreign ministers and a total of 143 speeches were delivered at the summit and its expert and ministerial meetings.
Some 51 countries sent their high-ranking leaders, while over 150 delegations from the world countries and bodies attended the other meetings of the bloc in Tehran.
During the 6 days of holding the conference, the Iranian officials held meetings with the heads of states and important leaders of different countries attending the conference on different regional and international issues as well as the bilateral relations.
The US Sanctions are worthless as Iran will further boost trades with NAM nations
Trade between Iran and other members of the Non-Aligned Movement accounts for 40 percent of Iran’s total trade turnover, said an official with the Tehran Chamber of Commerce.
Mohsen Bahrami told the ISNA news agency that boosting trade with NAM member states could remove many of Iran’s economic problems.
Iran-NAM trade amounted to around $43 billion in the past Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 19.
Iran exported $19.7 billion non-oil goods to NAM member states, while imported $24.1 billion worth of goods last year.
Iraq, the UAE, India, and Afghanistan were the main importers of Iranian goods. The UAE, India, Malaysia, and Oman were the major exporters to Iran.
It should be noted that China, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Argentina, the Netherlands, Serbia, and Ukraine are among the observer members of NAM which also have trade ties with Iran.
Israel’s Propaganda against Iran is Exposed: Iran is NOT isolated at all
The 16th NAM Summit wrapped up with passing a final resolution, which included over 700 clauses and a blessing and support that the Islamic Republic of Iran can proceed with its peaceful nuclear energy program.
For the next three years, Iran holds the rotating chair of NAM.