Canada cuts diplomatic ties with Iran

  • Canada is to shut its embassy in Iran and expel Iranian diplomats in Canada, Foreign Minister John Baird said in a statement on Friday.

    The Canadian government cited Iran's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as the reason behind the decision.

    Baird added that Iran had also engaged in "racist anti-Semitic rhetoric and incitement to genocide".

    Iranian diplomats have five days to leave Canada.

    Canada has also designated Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism, including it on a list of countries subject to travel warnings for its citizens.