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Iran's decision to cancel parliamentary meeting with the EU regrettable


The Iranian parliament has informed the European Parliament that a delegation of Iranian parliamentarians will not be attending a planned meeting with the members of European Parliament's Iran delegation in Strasbourg next week. This inter-parliamentary meeting was originally planned as a follow-up to the visit of the EP Iran delegation to Tehran in December 2013. According to the Iranian Parliament, the reason for cancellation was a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on April 3. Chair of the EP Iran delegation, MEP Tarja Cronberg, comments:

“I regret the decision of the Iranian Parliament to cancel this inter-parliamentary meeting. I am surprised the cancellation comes at a time when the relations between Iran and the EU have been gradually opening towards more dialogue following the progress of the E3+3 talks. The meeting in Strasbourg would have been a very timely opportunity to build on the success of our visit to Tehran in December, the first of this kind after six years of silence. “

'The resolution adopted provides a good basis for further dialogue between the EU and Iran. It contains constructive elements which Iran itself has deemed important, including partial sanctions relief, cooperation to combat drug trafficking and terrorism, as well as improving trade relations and expanding exchanges with Europe.'

'A European Parliament resolution is always a compromise and an outcome of a parliamentary debate. Most importantly, it acknowledges the limited window of opportunity for the EU and Iran. In this regard, the resumption of the inter-parliamentary dialogue between the Iranian Parliament and the European Parliament should play an important role. “

MEP Tarja Cronberg is a member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, its subcommittee on Security and Defence and Chair of the Iran delegation

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