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One of Canada’s most recognizable Iranian-born activists says Iran’s embassy in Ottawa should be shut down amid allegations the Islamic regime is using its office here to recruit Iranian-Canadians to serve Tehran’s interests.

“[The embassy] has no purpose here,” said Nazanin Afshin-Jam, a human rights activist who fled Iran in 1979 after her father was imprisoned and tortured. “The embassy in Ottawa sometimes uses cultural events as an excuse to spread their own propaganda.”


Ms. Afshin-Jam’s call for an eviction follows news of an alleged mobilization effort described by Hamid Mohammadi, Iran’s cultural counsellor in Ottawa, in an interview with an Iran-based website aimed at Iranian expatriates in Canada. In his Farsi-language interview with Iranians Residing Abroad, Mr. Mohammadi said, “We need to put into effect very concentrated cultural programs in order to enhance and nurture the culture in this fast-growing [Iranian-Canadian] population. It is obvious that this large…

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