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With second trip to Tehran, feds inch closer to re-establishing diplomatic ties with Iran

By Samantha Wright Allen      

The October talks signal progress, but Canada is a long way off from reopening the embassy it closed in 2012.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland met with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at the September United Nations General Assembly in New York a few weeks before a Global Affairs delegation travelled to Tehran for Canada's second official visit after severing ties in 2012. The Hill Times photo by Andrew Meade

In mid-October Canadian officials travelled to Tehran for the second set of talks with Iranian officials since Canada cut ties with the country five years ago, possibly signalling forward momentum in the fraught relationship between the two countries. But officials, advocates, and former diplomats suggest Canada is still is a long way off from re-establishing those ties.

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