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Mehmanparast dismisses Canadian FM’s remarks on Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep5(31).jpgTEHRAN – Iran on Monday dismissed the recent remarks of Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird about the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, advising Canada against becoming a threat to world peace. 
 
According to the International Business Times, the Canadian foreign minister issued a statement on Friday saying that the Canadian federal government got disappointed by Pakistan’s decision to build the $7.5 billion gas pipeline to Iran to purchase Iranian resources through the pipeline.
 
Baird said, “Canada is deeply disappointed by Pakistan’s decision to build a new natural gas pipeline with Iran and to purchase Iranian resources through it.” 
 
Labeling Iran as a “dangerous” nation and a “threat” to the global peace, the Canadian foreign minister claimed that Pakistan was collaborating with the nation that the international community was trying to reverse its dangerous course.
 
Baird said, “At a time when the international community is united in using every lever possible to convince Iran to reverse its dangerous course, Pakistan’s decision runs directly contrary to these objectives and should be revisited.” 
 
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that Baird’s remarks demonstrated the irresponsible attitude of the hardline Canadian government meant to prevent the expansion of relations between other countries that would help promote world peace and public welfare.    
 
He added that Canada’s interference in the internal affairs of regional countries had its roots in Canadian officials’ poor understanding of international developments and the realities on the ground in the region.   
 
Making efforts to promote peace and security in the region through close cooperation with neighboring countries, including the friendly country of Pakistan, is a priority in Iran’s foreign policy, Mehmanparast said.  
 
He also advised Canada to stop acting illogically and avoid becoming a source of tension in relations between other countries and a threat to world peace and security.
 
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