|Oman to take care of Iran’s interests in Canada||
TEHRAN – Oman will look after Iranian affairs in Canada and the Italian Embassy in Tehran will host Canada’s interests section in Iran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman announced on Tuesday.
“Oman has been named the protector of Iran’s interests in Canada, and Italy has been named the protector of Canada’s interests in Tehran,” Marzieh Afkham told her regular press briefing.
The decision was made after political correspondence between representatives of Iran and Canada at the United Nations, she added.
On September 7, 2012 Canada closed its embassy in Tehran. It also expelled all Iranian diplomats in Canada a few days later.
The Canadian foreign minister had cited Iran’s nuclear program, its hostility toward Israel, and Iran’s alleged military assistance to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as the reasons for the decision to close the embassy.
Iran, Britain agree to appoint envoys in eight days
Elsewhere in his remarks, Afkham announced that Iran and Britain will appoint non-resident diplomats to each other’s country in eight days.
“The appointment of non-resident charge d’affaires… will be the first step toward the opening of the embassies, and the relations will be normalized through step-by-step measures,” she added.
The two countries’ embassies were closed after the incident that occurred at the British Embassy in Tehran in November 2011.
On November 29, 2011, after a demonstration held to protest against the British government’s hostile policies toward Iran in front of the British Embassy in Tehran, a number of students entered the British Embassy compound and pulled down the Union Jack.
The demonstration was held to protest against the fact that Britain ordered all British financial institutions to stop doing business with Iranian financial institutions, including the Central Bank of Iran, on November 21.
On November 23, the Iranian parliament overwhelmingly approved a proposal calling for a reduction in the level of diplomatic and trade ties with Britain to a minimum level in response to the decision by the British government, and the ratification was endorsed by the Guardian Council on November 28.
Oman now represents Iranian interests in Britain, while Sweden has taken on similar responsibilities in Tehran.
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