File photo shows the venue of the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in the Iranian capital, Tehran.
An Iranian lawmaker says the Canadian government’s decision to close its embassy in Tehran is a reaction to the successful holding of the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit by Iran.
Mansour Haqiqatpour, member of Iran’s Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, on Saturday described Canada’s move as “hostile” and an act of “political and psychological imbalance.”
“The Canadian government has opted for this conduct toward the Islamic Republic of Iran out of imbalance and under the pressure of the Zionist regime [of Israel],” the lawmaker said.
“The hegemonic system is furious about the results of the Tehran [NAM] Summit and has resorted to undiplomatic measures under these conditions,” he added.
Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast also criticized the Canadian government and said it was following the policies of the Israeli regime and the British government.
Mehmanparast said on Friday that the Canadian government’s closure of its embassy in Tehran is considered “the continuation of [Prime Minister Stephen] Harper’s anti-Iranian policies and a hasty reaction… to the successful [holding of the] 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran.”
The 16th NAM Summit was wrapped up in the Iranian capital on August 31, with the member states passing a final resolution, which included over 700 clauses.
NAM, an international organization with 120 member states, is considered as not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. It represents nearly two-thirds of the UN members.