The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Friday praised Canada's decision to sever diplomatic ties with Iran, calling it "an important moral declaration and a rejection of the extremist threats of the Iranian regime against the US, Israel and the West."

Expressing hope that other states would follow the Canadian decision with initiatives of their own, the Conference of Presidents thanked Canada's prime and foreign ministers.

Also responding to Ottowa's move was Canadian MP Irwin Cotler, who said it was "as important for the reasons underlying the decision, as the decision itself."

Cotler went on to call for additional steps to be taken against Tehran, including placing its Revolutionary Guards on the Canadian list of terrorist entities, legally holding the Iranian leadership to account for "incitement to genocide," and increasing sanctions against Iran's nuclear program and human rights violations.

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