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Canadian Who Aided U.S. Diplomats In Tehran Buried With Honors


Dignitaries from the United States and Canada attended the funeral October 17 of a Canadian envoy who sheltered American diplomats in Tehran during the 1979-80 hostage crisis.

Present were Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau, former Prime Minister Joe Clark, and the U.S. ambassador to Canada.

Former Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor died on October 16 at the age of 81.

Clark, who was prime minister during the hostage crisis, said that Taylor's conduct and courage earned him the admiration of the world.

"Yet, it was a very Canadian thing to do," Clark said.

After Iranian protesters took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in November 1979, a small group of Americans escaped into the streets of Tehran, with six eventually finding refuge at Taylor's residence.

Taylor facilitated their escape by arranging plane tickets and persuading the Canadian government to issue fake passports.

Taylor received a U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, among other honors.

The clandestine operation became the subject of the 2012 Oscar-winning Hollywood film, "Argo," which was criticized for downplaying Taylor's role in the rescue.

Based on reporting by AP
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