Iranian-Canadians, Liberal MP call on Ottawa to re-establish relations with Iran

One of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal MPs has joined forces with the Iranian Canadian Congress in pushing the government to re-establish diplomatic relations with Iran and reopen embassies in both countries.

The petition containing more than 5,600 names is sponsored by Richmond Hill, Ont., MP Majid Jowhari, who says it will serve “as an asset in furthering the government’s agenda.”

“Our government’s position is that Canada severing ties with Iran had no positive consequences for anyone, not for Canadians, not for the people of Iran, not for our Canadian allies, and not for global security,” Jowhari told reporters during a news conference on Parliament Hill.

“An absence of diplomatic representation hurts the people of both countries,” he added.

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