Iran dismisses accusations by Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird that the Islamic Republic is meddling in the affairs of its Persian Gulf neighbors.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Wednesday that Baird’s claims indicate “his lack of knowledge of the realities in our country and the region.”
Mehmanparast added that Canada has “systematically and constantly” violated the First Nations rights to the extent that the United Nations rapporteurs released a report to that effect.
During a recent visit to Bahrain, Baird claimed that Iran’s “interference in some of its neighbors’ internal political affairs is something that’s distinctly unhelpful, and it’s never motivated by good.”
Mehmanparast advised the Canadian government to put on its agenda reasonable and realistic approaches and adopting recognized foreign policy traditions instead of accusing others.
The government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is under criticism for its violations of the rights of the indigenous peoples of Canada.
Many of Canada’s natives live in poor conditions with unsafe drinking water, inadequate housing, addiction, and high suicide rates.
In a report released on December 19, 2012, Amnesty International asked Canada to address human rights abuses in the country, particularly with respect to the rights of indigenous peoples.