Tuesday, July 12th, 2011, 11 AM
Minoritenplatz, 1010 Vienna
On Tuesday, Austrian Foreign Minister Spindelegger will receive the Foreign Minister of the Iranian regime, Ali Akbar Salehi, in Vienna. Before his current position as Foreign Minister Salehi was in charge of the Iranian nuclear program, which led to his inclusion in the sanction list of the European Union in 2009. It is paradigmatic of the current insufficient sanctions, that the travel restrictions of the EU have been lifted in spring in order to make it possible for the Iranian Foreign Minister to visit and continue the useless dialogue about the nuclear program. For the third time within a month, Vienna is to give a forum to the Iranian regime, which persecutes homosexuals, women and minorities, organizes conferences on the denial of the Holocaust, finances worldwide jihadi terror and currently participates in the brutal suppression of the protests against its ally, the Assad regime in Syria. The Salehi visit is yet another slap in the face of the Iranian freedom movement which the Austrian government will betray yet another time with this reception. Austria – whose exports and imports to and from Iran have risen again in 2010 despite all sanctions – continues to give valuable support to the regime. Receiving the Foreign Minister of a largely isolated regime will clearly improve its international standing and is a deliberate stab in the back of all international efforts to put pressure on the dictatorship of Ayatollahs and Revolutionary Guards. We demand:- No platform for the representatives of an anti-Semitic regime of Holocaust deniers!- Immediate and tough sanctions in the energy sector in order to prevent the Iranian regime from pursuing its projects!