Diplomatic tensions grew between Canada, Iran as Canada backlists Iranian IRGC

In response, the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Italian ambassador Paola Amadei on Thursday to convey Iran's strong protest against the "illegal action that violates international law" taken by the Canadian government, as reported by IRNA.
Flags of Canada (L) and Iran (R). (Photo: Kurdistan24)
Flags of Canada (L) and Iran (R). (Photo: Kurdistan24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iran summoned the Italian ambassador, who oversees Canadian interests in Tehran due to the absence of diplomatic relations between Iran and Canada, to protest Canada's recent decision to include the Revolutionary Guard on its list of terrorist organizations, according to the Iranian IRNA news agency.

On Wednesday, Canada announced the inclusion of the Revolutionary Guards on its blacklist, accusing Tehran of "supporting terrorism," "demonstrating continued disregard for human rights inside and outside Iran," and displaying "a willingness to destabilize the law-based international order."

In response, the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Italian ambassador Paola Amadei on Thursday to convey Iran's strong protest against the "illegal action that violates international law" taken by the Canadian government, as reported by IRNA.

Acting Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri also warned the Canadian government of the “consequences” of this “provocative and irresponsible” action.

This decision comes amid ongoing tensions between Iran and Canada, which have not maintained diplomatic relations since 2012. Following this decision, Canada can freeze the assets of the organization’s members, prosecute them in court, and ban all financial transactions with them.

Canada's move aligns it with the United States, which blacklisted the Revolutionary Guard in 2019. European politicians have also been urging their countries to take similar actions.

Since the protests in Iran following the death of the young woman Mahsa Amini in 2022, Ottawa has imposed a series of sanctions on Iranian organizations and officials. Canada has also banned 10,000 Iranian officials, including members of the Revolutionary Guard, from entering its territory.

Iranians abroad and the families of the victims of the Ukrainian plane PS752, which Iran shot down shortly after takeoff from Tehran in January 2020, killing all 176 people on board, including 85 Canadian citizens and permanent residents, have long pressured Ottawa to classify the Revolutionary Guard as a “terrorist entity.”