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

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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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