After the scandal about EU delegation's visit to Iran, travel plans of German MPs emerged
After an Iran trip of an EU delegation sparked protests worldwide (1), news of German Parliament members travelling to Iran in October became known. The trip is scheduled from October 27th to November 2nd. Bijan Djir-Sarai, a member of Merkel’s coalition partner FDP and chairman of the German-Iranian Parliamentary Group is heading the delegation during the Iran trip. On the itinerary are meetings with members of the Majlis, the Iranian pseudo parliament.
The coalition STOP THE BOMB, an NGO demanding strong economic and political sanctions against the Iranian regime, calls for the cancellation of the trip. The planned visit would undermine the pressure of international sanctions against Iran.
Last week, many protested against an Iran trip of members of the European parliament. Among them were two U.S. Senators (2), the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Philipp Missfelder, spokesman for foreign affairs of the CDU/CSU and the President of the German-Israeli Society, Reinhold Robbe (3).
The spokesperson of STOP THE BOMB, Michael Spaney explains: "Given the dictatorial conditions in Iran, contacts to representatives of the Majlis cannot change the situation in the country. The Guardian Council selects the candidates for the Iranian Majles. The mass protests in 2009 showed the world that the Iranian people do not want to be represented by this regime."
"As long as the Iranian regime gets the message by German and European travel diplomacy that it is not politically isolated, it will push its nuclear program and play for time. Political isolation must be enforced along with economic sanctions. Each official trip to Iran sends the message to the Islamist rulers in Tehran that the West is not serious", says Michael Spaney.