Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement from New York, where he is addressing a UN conference on countering terrorism:
“Media reports suggest that Iran’s First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi used an appearance at a UN conference on drugs to make abusive and deeply offensive slurs toward the Jewish people and misrepresent the teachings of Judaism.
“Mr. Rahimi is quoted to have said that the Talmud is responsible for the spread of illegal drugs around the world; this claim is patently absurd.
“Iran’s ongoing use of UN forums to harass Israel and insult Jewish people around the world is completely unacceptable.
“Canada hopes the international community joins us in speaking out against, and utterly rejecting, such ridiculous and anti-Semitic assertions.”