Following the re-election of Hassan Rouhani as president of Iran, Canada welcomes President Rouhani’s commitment to continue implementing Iran’s nuclear obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and to improve the lives of ordinary Iranians. Canada will continue to advance its values and interests when engaging with Iran, including respect for human rights and a peaceful resolution to conflicts affecting the region.
In his speech following his victory in the presidential election President Rouhani said that Iran has chosen the “path of engagement with the world” and “has rejected isolation and extremism.”
The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) welcomed the results of the elections stating that they show that “the Iranian people support dialogue and engagement with the international community.” ICC called on the federal government to renew the diplomatic relations with Iran.
“At this crucial time, we call on the international community and in particular the Canadian government to hear the voice of the Iranian people and their desire to re-engage with the international community in a mutually beneficial and peaceful manner,” ICC stated. “Specifically, we once again ask the Government of Prime Minister Trudeau to re-engage with Iran by re-establishing formal diplomatic relations and facilitate reopening of embassies in both countries.”
Two days after the elections, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said that the “development of the defensive capabilities, the missile defense system in particular, are country’s top priorities.”
According to Jazayeri, “exit of Americans from the region and stop of reactionary regimes’ aggression against sovereign states is the only way to establish peace in the region.”