Government Foreign Affairs

Normalize relations with Iran.

News June 24, 2015
Jun 2018

House of Commons votes against restoring ties with Iran

CBC News June 13, 2018

The Trudeau government’s surprising decision Tuesday to back a Conservative motion in the House of Commons denouncing Iran puts an end to the Liberals’ quest of normalizing relations with Tehran in the foreseeable future, experts say.

In a reversal of its long-stated goal of improving strained relations with Iran, the Trudeau government voted a motion demanding that Ottawa “immediately cease any and all negotiations or discussions” on restoring diplomatic relations with Tehran.

The Liberal support for the Conservative motion shows that the policy of reengaging with Tehran had clearly stalled, [Thomas Juneau, assistant professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa] said.

May 2017

Canadian officials make 1st visit to Tehran since embassy closed in 2012

CBC News May 09, 2017

Canadian government officials are on the ground in Tehran this week for the first time since the Harper government closed the Canadian Embassy there nearly five years ago.

The visit by Global Affairs officials comes just days ahead of a crucial presidential election in Iran, a country Canadian diplomats abandoned in 2012 partly due to security concerns.

Feb 2016

Canada lifting some economic sanctions against Iran to 'resume dialogue'

CBC News February 05, 2016

Canada is signalling its willingness to re-engage with Iran by lifting a broad ban on financial services, imports and exports, Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion announced today.

Canada broke off ties with Iran in September, 2012, closing the embassy in Tehran citing concern for the safety of Canadian diplomats and staff. Iranian diplomats in Canada were expelled. Dion said today Canada is considering the restoration of diplomatic contacts.