Jan 27, 2016, 2:23 PM
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Canada to lift some sanctions on Iran

Tehran, Jan. 27, IRNA – Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion said on Tuesday that Canada will begin to lift some sanctions without giving specific timelines, reports cbc.

Tony Clement, the Conservative's foreign affairs critic said the former government was ideological and irrational and warned the Tory opposition proposal will isolate Canada in maintaining sanctions that will affect Iran but surely it will affect business in Canada.

When asked specifically about exporting civilian aircraft — Bombardier hopes to sell regional jets to the country's national air carrier, Iran Air — Dion said it made no sense to maintain sanctions that hurt such an important Canadian industry.

'If Airbus is able to do it, why will Bombardier not be able to do it? In which way is it helping Canada, or the Iranian people or Israel or anyone that Canada is hurting its own industry?'

Dion also signaled that Canada would look to open its embassy in Tehran, but said in French that it wouldn't be the first step in restoring relations with the country.

'We think that when we have a disagreement with a regime we don't pull out, you work harder to be sure you'll see improvements. It's what our allies did in negotiating with Iran, an agreement that is good for the world. We need to be there to be sure this agreement will be fulfilled and implemented and respected.'

Bombardier spokeswoman Marianella de la Barrera called Dion's comments a positive step but said that the company was still respecting the Canadian sanctions.