SHAFAQNA –Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said Monday that recent anti-Iran remarks made by Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper are repetitious, irrational and tedious. Speaking to IRNA, Afkham said that the conservative government of Canada is known for its extremist approaches. She referred to the biased remarks of the Canadian prime minister about Iran as ‘shallow rhetorics.’ ‘Those remarks are so unrealistic and propaganda stunt that they do not deserve any response,’ Afkham said.
‘It is very likely that the freedom-seeking gesture of Mr. Prime Minister is aimed at winning the votes of the Iranian-Canadian community in the upcoming parliamentary elections of Canada,’ the spokeswoman added. She noted that the Canadian prime minister ‘claims to be supporting Iranians living in Canada, while one of the lawmakers of his conservative party has recently told the Canadian-based Iranians in an insulting tone to return to their own country.’ Meanwhile, in a recent ceremony to celebrate the Iranian New Year (Norouz) in Vancouver, Harper criticized Tehran’s policies in an interventionist and anti-Iran remarks and supported the anti-revolutionary groups. According to the daily MetroNews, the Canadian premier said Ottawa would host only those who are seeking refuge from Iran.