Passing of Ambassador Kenneth Taylor

United States Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman wishes to release the following statement on the passing of Canadian diplomat Kenneth Taylor:

“On behalf of the U.S. Mission to Canada, the government of the United States of America, and the American people, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of former Canadian Ambassador to Iran, Kenneth Taylor, who died today, October 15, 2015. Ambassador Taylor earned the enduring gratitude of the United States — and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal — for his valor and ingenuity in harboring six American citizens trapped in Iran in the aftermath of the seizure of the American Embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979 and, ultimately, in securing their safe return.

“Ambassador Taylor’s courageous actions exemplify the enduring nature of the special relationship between the United States and Canada.”