Monday, 17 November 2008

Ahmadinejad's delegation visits European Parliament

"... four of the five members of this Iranian delegation belong to Ahmadinejad's political faction."

Source: EJP

"A Jewish advocacy organization has expressed concern about the recent visit of a delegation from Iran’s parliament to the European Parliament in Brussels.

The delegation of five MPs from the Majlis, the Iranian parliament, visited the European Parliament on November 4 and 5 as part of a meeting with the EU Assembly’s delegation for relations of Iran.

In a statement, the B’nai B’rith International EU affairs office said the delegation "represents a government which poses a threat to Middle East stability by attempting to acquire nuclear weapons and actively supporting terrorism around the globe."

"It is well documented that Iran has been funding, training, and guiding terror organizations such as Hezbollah and the EU blacklisted Hamas," the group noted, adding that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has publicly denied the Holocaust, consistently questions Israel's right to exist and has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map."

B’nai B’rith International found disturbing that "four of the five members of this Iranian delegation belong to Ahmadinejad's political faction."

In the face of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the international community should be working hard to strengthen sanctions against Iran. This visit is at odds with such an effort.

Paulo Casaca, a Portuguese Socialist member of European Parliament, also questioned the visit. "When there is a session titled 'Developing Relations Between Iran and the European Parliament,' we have to ask ourselves what sort of relations are being developed while the clock is ticking on Iran's nuclear program?," he said."

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