Visit to Iran part of Montreal”s “international diplomacy,” Coderre says

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre on Wednesday defended his early October voyage to Iran, saying his meeting with the mayor of Tehran and other numerous official voyages abroad serve as a form of “urban diplomacy” that help to open a channel of dialogue between nations while also bolstering Montreal’s economy.

“When we meet cities or in countries it does not mean we support everything — to the contrary,” Coderre said. “But there is the fact of having a first contact, the fact of having channels of communication that allows us to be in the forefront and send messages, and to have a strategy to grow and improve the planet by working on specific cases. … We must stop thinking that the empty chair will fix everything.”

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