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The chief diplomatic representative of Canada to Iran. Several breaking of relations since the 1980 Iranian Revolution.

Canada and Iran have had no formal diplomatic relations since 2012. In the absence of diplomatic representation, Italy acts as the protecting power for Canada in Iran.[1]


Prior to 1955, Canadian consular and commercial affairs in Iran were conducted through the British Embassy to Iran. Foreign relations and diplomatic ties between Canada and Iran began with the founding of an Iranian mission in Ottawa in 1956, and a Canadian mission in Tehran in 1959. The Canadian mission was granted embassy status in 1961.[2]

Formal relations between the two nations continued uninterrupted from 1955 until 1980, when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's Iranian Revolution ousted the Shah. From 1980 to 1988, Canada and Iran did not have normal diplomatic ties, though relations were not formally severed. The nations formally exchanged ambassadors in 1996. On September 7, 2012, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird announced that Canada was breaking diplomatic relations with Iran.[3]


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