Take lessons learned from Cuba to Iran

Canada must plan for the eventual normalization of ties with the Islamic republic.

UN Photo:Rick Bajornas
Canada's allies have been engaging with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, pictured at the United Nations in New York last year.
Navid Hassibi
Published: Wednesday, 01/14/2015 12:00 am EST

Canada’s role as facilitator in the restoration of diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba highlights its traditional strengths in constructive diplomacy. While Ottawa’s role in this regard must be applauded, this form of constructive diplomacy must be applied more broadly in Canadian foreign policy, particularly as it relates to Iran. To this end, Canada must plan for the eventual normalization of relations with Iran, principally in the event that a comprehensive nuclear deal with the so-called P5+1 is signed, sealed and delivered by June.

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