Members of the Mullahs’ parliament, in a reaction to the European parliament (EP)’s resolution on Iran, have introduced legislation that states: “No European official or delegation can meet with or visit Iranian individuals or entities in Iran without prior authorization from the government of the Islamic Republic”.
The complete resolution was posted by the Iranian regime’s Majlis news agency website on April 6th, and it will be discussed on the parliament floor on Tuesday, April 8th. This legislation is a reaction to the EP’s April 3rd resolution on Iran, which criticized the frequent violation of human rights by the mullahs.
While emphasizing on opening a bureau in Tehran, the EP stated: “The [EU] believes that a high-level and inclusive human rights dialogue with Iran should be part of the future policy framework of bilateral EU–Iran relations… any future EP delegations to Iran should be committed to meeting political opposition and civil society activists, and having access to political prisoners.”
Mullahs’ parliament legislation is in response to the decision by the EP to open a bureau in Tehran, and it reads: “The opening of any type of spy den is a prelude to interference and instigating sedition. The government should bar the opening of any bureau by the EP.”
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif stated in the Mullahs’ parliament Foreign Affairs Commission on Sunday: “The government shall not allow any EU delegation to travel to Iran with the conditions set forth by the recent resolution of the European parliament.”
Zarif continued with this ironic statement: “The European parliament is not in a status and moral high ground to express its opinion about the conditions in other countries.”
Mullahs’ Mehr news agency wrote on April 6th that Zarif has strongly criticized the recent EP resolution: “The European parliament has a minor place in European relationships and a very marginal role in the international relations, therefore it is not in a state to demand much attention, especially not to such a level to command such deliberations about it.”
Meanwhile, the government of Mullah Rouhani summoned the Greek Ambassador to protest the EP resolution. Greece is currently the EU President. At the same time, Ali Larijani, head of the Mullahs’ parliament, described the EP resolution as “delirium and absurdity”.
Although mullahs’ legislators usually welcome trips by European parliamentarians to Tehran, they have demanded humiliating conditions against them in any visit, controlling all the places they want to go and even sometimes taking their fingerprints.
Mullahs’ Mehr news agency quoted Zarif defending the demeaning fingerprinting practices: “Although three years ago an act has been ordained by the cabinet to respond to fingerprinting, the foreign ministry is completely prepared to use modern fingerprinting instruments to increase the security of the country at the embassies and the country’s entry points.”