09/17/2012 10:33 EDT | Updated 11/17/2012 05:12 EST

Canada Iran Embassy: Italy Will Represent Canada's Interests In Tehran

The Iranian flag flies over the Iranian embassy in London, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. Britain's top diplomat accused Iran's government Thursday of supporting repression in Syria, as European Union foreign ministers discussed imposing more sanctions on both countries. Mobs stormed the British Embassy in Tehran, the Iranian capital, for hours Tuesday, prompting Britain to pull its diplomats out of the country. Germany, France and the Netherlands have recalled their ambassadors in solidarity. Britain ordered all Iranian diplomats out of the U.K. within 48 hours and shuttered its ransacked embassy in Tehran on Wednesday, in a significant escalation of tensions between Iran and the West. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
ROME - Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi says Italy will look after Canadian interests in Iran after Canada shut down its embassy there earlier this month.

Terzi said Monday that Canada, Italy's "important friend and ally," had requested Rome assume protection of Canadian interests there following the Sept. 7 closure of the embassy in Tehran. Canada also severed diplomatic relations with Iran and ordered Iranian diplomats to leave, branding the Islamic republic as the most significant threat to world peace.

The surprise move reinforced Canada's close ties with Israel, Tehran's arch enemy.

Iran called Canada's embassy closure "hasty and unwise" and said it would react in the near future.

Tehran denies suspicions it is intent on developing nuclear weapons, with Israel especially worried.

Switzerland represents U.S. interests in Iran.

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