Iran Warns Citizens About Traveling -- in Canada

Patrick Burke | September 26, 2012 | 4:38pm EDT
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

( -- Iran’s Foreign Ministry released a statement on Thursday cautioning its citizens and expatriates who may be traveling to Canada, based on increased assessments of “Islamphobia” and “Iranphobia.”

“Foreign Ministry said in a statement that based on current evidences, Islamphobia and Iranphobia have not stopped in Canada, rather escalated over the past few days," reads a report from the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), which also quoted the ministry as stating,  "Such a trend has influenced behavior of the governmental and non-governmental authorities in the country."

The “Canadian government’s double-standard about human rights has been the focus of the world and Canadian public opinion,” said the Foreign Ministry.

The statement also claimed an escalation in the deprivation of human rights of Iranian expatriates who currently live in Canada.

Moreover, these same expatriates should take extra precautions against criminal assault or “abuses” by the Canadian government, especially now that there is no longer an Iranian diplomatic presence in Canada.

“Foreign Ministry called on Iranian expatriates to be watchful about any assault by the criminal groups regarding the problems that might arise due to absence of Iranian Embassy and consulate there to defend rights of the residing Iranian citizens,” according to the IRNA report.

Map of Canada. (AP image)

“It said Iranians should take precautionary measures to avoid possible abuses as Canadian government has provided the atmosphere for anti-Iranian groups and lobbies,” the report said.

The statement seems to be a response to a similar statement released earlier this month by the Canadian government, in which the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada said to avoid all travel to Iran.

Earlier this month on Sept. 7, Canada shut down its embassy in Tehran and ordered the removal of all its diplomats from Tehran, and all Iranian diplomats from Ottawa.

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