EP Iran delegation visit to Iran18.12.2013
Following the EP Iran delegation visit to Tehran, taking place December 12 - 17, Chair of the delegation, MEP Tarja Cronberg, states:
'We now have a window of opportunity. It is a real opening, but it will not be there for very long. The Iranian people have high expectations. A gradual transformation of society is taking place.'
'The delegation of five MEPs met the Sakharov prize winners Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi on the first day of the visit in Tehran. We discussed human rights issues and extended an invitation for both of them to travel to Brussels to receive their awards.'
'After having discussed different alternatives with Iranian leaders, the delegation suggests that the EU Special Representative for Human Rights would visit Iran in the near future, to initiate a dialogue on human rights issues. Members of the delegation also believe that an EU representation would be beneficial in Iran, a view shared by the EU ambassadors posted in Tehran. As a first step we suggest the appointment of an EU special envoy to Iran.'
'There is an opportunity for widening the scope of the dialogue with Iran to include drug trafficking and regional security issues. Mutual exchange of students and visitors, as well as cultural exchange, should be increased.'
This was the first EP Iran delegation visit to Iran since 2007
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