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How could Canada be dragged into confrontations in the Persian Gulf?

By Younes Zangiabadi      

Irrespective of the result of the election in October, the new government needs to pursue diplomacy and take the necessary steps to ease tensions with Iran and establish a diplomatic channel. Otherwise, Canada can be dragged into a regional conflict against its interests not for its actions, but its inactions.

Abbas Mousavi, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, condemned the move, saying that Iran will take action to restore its rights based on international law if Canada fails to revoke the unlawful decisions. In this tense environment, Canada must realize the real risk of getting dragged into the Iran-U.S. confrontation if it does not establish its own channel of communication with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikimedia

TORONTO—With the tensions fast rising in the Persian Gulf region, it is very much possible that Canada will also be dragged into this confrontation after Tehran officially threatened Ottawa that it will retaliate for seizure and selling of tens of millions worth of its assets in Canada. Abbas Mousavi, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, condemned the move, saying that Iran will take action to restore its rights based on international law if Canada fails to revoke the unlawful decisions. The powerful head of judiciary, Ayatollah Ebrahim Raeisi suggested that Iran must also seize Canadian assets and properties in the country. Iranian parliamentarian and former chair of the national security and foreign affairs committee, Heshmatollah Falahat Pisheh, took a tougher stance and called for detainment of all ships carrying goods and products to or from Canada in the Persian Gulf.

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