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EU lawmakers pan decision to send senior diplomat to Iran for Raisi inauguration

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Nine members of the European Parliament sent a letter to EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, blasting the decision to send a senior EU diplomat to Tehran for last week’s inauguration of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

“Sending such senior representation to the inauguration of a president with such a dark record, at this sensitive time, contradicts European commitments to uphold and stand up for human rights,” wrote the MEPs.

The parliamentarians called Raisi’s electoral victory in June “a sham election,” and decried his “appalling record of personal responsibility for the most heinous of human rights abuses.”

Borrell sent the EU point man on the Vienna nuclear talks, Enrique Mora, to the ceremony.

“It is hardly fitting to honor President Raisi’s inauguration with the presence of one of the EU’s most senior diplomats,” they wrote. “It seems even more incongruous, given Mr. Mora’s senior role in coordinating the nuclear talks in Vienna. His presence risks giving the impression that the EU’s overwhelming concern is the nuclear agreement, to the point of ignoring severe Iranian human rights abuses. While mass protests against the regime are taking place across Iran, the EU comes across as ignoring the voice of the Iranian people.”

“We need to have a discussion about how to deal with Iran in the future,” Swedish MEP David Lega, who initiated the letter, told The Times of Israel. “Their cyber-warfare, their complete disrespect for........

© The Times of Israel

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