MEK Iran: Online Conference Denounces Plan to Go Ahead With Joint EU /Iran Business Forum
The plan to go ahead with a joint EU/ Iran business forum in Tehran has been denounced by the International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ), a Brussels-based NGO focused on Iranian affairs. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), that the conference attendees, who convened remotely, said that the fact that the European Union’s head of foreign policy, Josep Borrell, was to participate alongside Iranian regime Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, was particularly abhorrent.
June 2018 bomb attack in Paris
Zarif was one of several regime officials thought to have been behind the thwarted June 2018 bomb attack in Paris against an Iranian opposition rally. The four people who have now been sentenced included Assadollah Assadi, a diplomat based at Iran’s Vienna embassy but in direct contact with regime leaders like David who masterminded the terror plot in France as well as many other terror attacks all over Europe and beyond.
The conference attendees cannot understand how E.U. leaders are blind to the threat posed by Iran in light of the sentencing of Assadi and his three accomplices. It appears that the E.U.is deliberately turning a blind eye to some of Iran’s atrocities simply to enhance economic ties.
The conference should be canceled
Former Vice President of the European Parliament Alejo Vidal-Quadras, and ISJ director, said that “blatant attempts to appease this terrorist regime are a disgrace and place EU citizens at risk from future attacks. I can only think of two things, either Mr. Borell is out of his wits or there are hidden and not colorable reasons to have this forum…The conference should be canceled right now… If the answer of Borell and the European council to this foiled attack is to have a business conference with the regime, the regime will conclude that they can organize another attack bigger than the previous one…what Borrell is doing deserve a motion of reprobation. He’s putting us in a dangerous situation and must be expelled from this responsibility,” he said.
The European Parliament, Hermann Tertsch
A sitting member of the European Parliament, Hermann Tertsch, said “we can’t take this as business as usual. It is really appalling to see our high representative of 27 democratic countries paying tribute to a regime that killed over 1500 people in the streets. Reuters confirmed in a special report on December 23, 2019, about the deadly crackdown on November nationwide protests in Iran the death toll of 1500 that was announced by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) on December 15, 2019. The situation is very clear and Josep Borell knows this situation. Josep Borrell is undermining and compromising the EU’s safety by participating and holding this forum. For us it is not just a moral duty to denounce the Iranian regime, it is also a practical and political duty…”
Giulio Terzi, a former Italian Foreign Minister
Another speaker at the conference, Giulio Terzi, a former Italian Foreign Minister, also made his point clear when he said: “This business forum is taking place if nothing has happened, while we know there was a very important decision in Antwerp court giving a jail sentence of 20 years to Assadi. Borell is promoting the No. 1 state terrorist in the world because Iran and its proxies are using terrorism as its main tool for its action and influence…We should deter the No. 1 state terrorist in the world, and Borell is exactly doing the contrary.
It is much worse than appeasement policy. Borell is not just appeasing the regime, but he is surrendering to the Iranian regime and this has consequences on the JCPOA issue… By making concessions, they allow Iran to go on in its nuclear quest. Stop business forum with Iran regime! This is a scandal of a surrendering philosophy and political incorrectness.”
Struan Stevenson, another former E.U. MP
Struan Stevenson, another former E.U. MP said: “Mr. Borell if you allow this business forum to go ahead you will be sending the clearest possible signal to the fascist regime in Iran that as far as Europe is concerned trade matters more than human rights. Terrorism and brutality can be ignored, so long as EU businesses can make money. EU jobs mean more than Iranian lives.”
The IRGC has been involved in a brutal attack
Conference attendees have also pointed out that during the whole period that Assadi had been undergoing his trial and the Business Forum was originally canceled that the regime had persisted in executing prisoners, with 60 executions at least in the last few weeks.
In addition, just recently, the IRGC has been involved in a brutal attack on impoverished porters in Sistan and Baluchistan province with resultant protests and uprisings. Several dozen porters were killed and hundreds injured.