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The minister of foreign Affairs, asked by chrystia Freeland
Ottawa — The events that take place in Iran the past few days have re-ignited the debate concerning the efforts of the Trudeau government to restore diplomatic relations with Tehran.
At least 21 people have been killed and hundreds of others have been arrested during six days of demonstrations across Iran. It is the most important challenge to the theocratic regime in iran in almost a decade.
A spokesman for the minister of foreign Affairs, asked by chrystia Freeland, told The canadian Press on Tuesday that the government was ” deeply troubled by the deaths of protesters “.
He added that Canada called on the iranian authorities ” to maintain and respect the democratic rights and the rights of the person “.
These comments are from a press release published by world Affairs, Canada on Saturday, two days after the beginning of the movement, which has continued since.
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In the same statement, the ministry said that “Canada is encouraged to see the iranian people to exercise its fundamental right to peaceful protest,” and that it ” will continue to support the fundamental rights of Iranians, including freedom of expression “.
These events also highlight the work of the liberal government to restore diplomatic relations with Iran, that the conservatives had broken off in 2012.
The discussions between the canadian authorities and iran have quietly made progress, and it is expected that Tehran sends a delegation to Ottawa for a sixth round of talks in the coming weeks.
The cabinet minister asked by chrystia Freeland has not responded to questions seeking to ascertain if the events could adversely affect the talks with Iran.
Some observers argue that the talks should be suspended in retaliation for the actions of the iranian government, while other experts argue that the events justify the need for a canadian presence on-site.
Macron sharing his “concern” with Rohani
Paris — The French president Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday his iranian counterpart Hassan Rohani its “concern “”the number of victims relating to the events of the last days in Iran and called for” restraint and calm “, said the French presidency.
During a telephone conversation, the two leaders have decided to postpone to a later date of the visit was to carry out the head of French diplomacy, Jean-Yves Le Drian, to Tehran at the end of the week, said of the Elysée palace.
This interview occurred on the sixth day of a protest movement marked by deadly violence and hundreds of arrests in several iranian cities.
Making account a little earlier in this discussion, the iranian television reported that Mr. Rohani had asked Mr. Macron to take measures against the activities of a “terrorist group” iranian based in France and involved, according to him, in the recent demonstrations.
According to official figures, 21 people have been killed since the beginning of December 28, in Machhad, in the north-east of Iran, rallies against economic difficulties and power.