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News number: 9107166092

17:45 | 2013-04-30

Foriegn Policy

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Senior Iranian MP Dismisses Canada's Claims against Iran as "Ridiculous"

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi strongly criticized the unfounded accusations recently leveled by Ottawa government against Tehran, describing the claims as "ridiculous".



Last week, Canada said that "its police had arrested two foreign nationals who were planning to derail a VIA passenger train traveling between Toronto and New York", claiming that the suspects had links to "al-Qaeda elements inside Iran".

"The Canadian government might have mistaken Iran for Saudi Arabia," Boroujerdi said, reiterating that Iran is no place for al-Qaeda.

The prominent Iranian legislator noted that Canada's false claims were part of the West's Iranophobia scenario.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast last week dismissed the unfounded allegations by the Canadian government as part of Ottawa's Iranophobia campaign, and said, "Al-Qaeda's mindset is by no means congruent with the ideology of the Islamic Republic of Iran."

"Iran is the biggest victim of terrorism, but the extremist administration of Canada has put Iranophobia on its agenda over the recent years," the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman added.