Canada closes its embassy in Iran, severs diplomatic relations

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TORONTO — Canada’s Conservative government said today it is shutting its embassy in Tehran and severing diplomatic relations with Iran, which Canada says is providing military assistance to Syria.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said that the Canadian embassy in Tehran will close immediately and Iranian diplomats in Canada have been given five days to leave.

Baird, who serves in a government that is a staunch ally of Israel, said Iran is the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today.

Baird said he was worried about the safety of diplomats in Tehran following attacks on the British embassy there.

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