Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince called the Supreme Leader of Iran,
Canada’s new #1 trading partner and Justin Trudeau’s BFF “the new Hitler of the Middle East” in an interview with the New York Times published on Thursday, sharply escalating the war of words between the arch-rivals.
Remember Ottawa is to Finance Iran’s Bombardier Order. Canada will provide $100 million in finance for a deal between Montreal-based multinational aerospace and transportation company, Bombardier Inc., and Iran’s Qeshm Free Zone Organization for purchasing 10 passenger planes, the FTZ’s chief executive, Hamidreza Momeni, has said. The free zone is planning to launch a new airline called Fly Qeshm.
“Our talks with Canada’s Bombardier are almost final,” he was quoted as saying by Iran’s Tinn News.
Momeni said the $100-million finance will cover 80% of the deal, which entails the supply of the 104-seat planes to Iran.
And we wonder why Trump wants to eliminate NAFTA with Canada…
Iran sanctions lifted by Canadas Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s sweeping sanctions relief for Iran will be a boon for Canadian businesses, but thawing relations between the two countries is not without risks for the Liberal government, say experts.
Stéphane Dion, Canada’s foreign affairs minister, lifted virtually all sanctions against Iran last week, paving the way for non-military exports to a country that has long been seen by the West as a pariah state.
The minister endorsed the nuclear agreement hashed out last year between Iran and the P5+1 countries — the U.S., the U.K., France, China, Russia and Germany — a deal that faced deep opposition from the former Harper government.
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Now, with most of the world’s sanctions against Iran dismantled, the country will be able to repatriate more than $100 billion in assets held abroad — including funds in Canada — that were frozen in an effort to punish Iran for pushing to expand its nuclear capacity.
There are fears that some of that money could be used by the regime to prop up its interests in the region, including elements deemed by Canada to be unsavoury at best and terrorist organizations at worst: Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria and Shia militias in Iraq.
Conservative foreign affairs critic Tony Clement has called the government’s move “irresponsible” and “disappointing.”
“We all know Iran’s record of support for Hezbollah and Hamas, its constant agitation in the Gulf region, especially in Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, as well as the continuing calls for the destruction of the state of Israel, and its denial of the Holocaust by the supreme leader,” Clement said after Dion’s announcement