He made the remarks on Friday in response to the Canadian government’s decision to close its embassy in Tehran earlier in the day.
“The hostile actions of the current racist Canadian government are in fact in line with the policies that are dictated by the Zionist [Israeli regime] and the British government,” IRNA quoted Mehmanparast as saying.
“The closure of the visa section of the Canadian Embassy in Tehran, freezing the bank accounts of Iranian nationals living in Canada, and prohibiting money transfers to Iranian students studying in that country are among the Canadian government’s numerous hostile measures against the Iranian nation and the Iranian community in Canada,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman stated.
“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 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran,” Mehmanparast added.
Over 100 countries sent representatives to the NAM summit, which kicked off on August 26 with a two-day expert-level meeting in the Iranian capital, followed by a two-day foreign ministerial meeting that ended on August 29.
Iran assumed the rotating presidency of NAM for a three-year term on August 30, when the two-day meeting of heads of state and government opened with an inaugural speech by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.