|Iranian parliamentary delegation cancels trip to Europe||
TEHRAN – An Iranian parliamentary delegation’s trip to Europe has been called off in protest to a resolution issued by the European Parliament against Iran, an Iranian parliamentarian announced in a statement on Tuesday.
In his statement Kazem Jalali, chairman of the Iran-Europe parliamentary relations group, censured the European Parliament’s resolution in which it accused Iran of “continued, systemic violation of fundamental rights”.
During a trip by a European Parliament’s delegation to Iran chaired by Tarja Cronberg, Jalali and other members of the parliamentary group were invited to visit Strasbourg on April 16 and 17.
The Iranian parliamentary delegation will make no trip to Europe in protest to such an “unexpected” resolution which was drafted by those ill-wishers who are trying to undermine the growing relations between Iran and Europe, Jalali said.
Jalali criticized the claims made in the resolution about Iran’s presidential election.
In its resolution passed on Thursday the European Parliament said the presidential election in Iran in July 2013 did not conform to European standards.
Jalali said the European Parliament evaluates democracy in other countries by its own standards and it is not fair.
Today, the Europeans must know that the nations’ awareness has increased and they cannot exploit countries by propagating some concepts like “self-proclaimed” human rights standards, the statement stated.
History will reveal that it is European countries that violate the human rights such as their support for the Zionist regime of Israel which systematically suppresses Palestinians, he wrote in the statement.
In the resolution it is said that European delegations’ trips to Iran should be conditioned on meeting members of political opposition groups.
However, Jalali said Iran will not accept any precondition for trip of European delegations to Iran.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also announced on Sunday that Tehran will accept no condition for visit of delegations from the European Parliament to Iran.
Jalali noted in his statement that taking such actions and issuing such resolutions which are not based on reality are not in line with efforts to improve relations between Iran and European countries.
During an open session of Iran’s parliament on Tuesday, a statement condemning the resolution, which had been signed by 258 parliamentarians, was read out.
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