Iran sanctions detrimental to European firms: Larijani

Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani (R) and Italian Ambassador to Tehran Luca Giansanti meet on April 28, 2013.

Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has dismissed as unproductive the US-engineered economic sanctions imposed against Tehran, saying they have been detrimental to European firms.

“The decision to [impose] economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran has led to the loss of many economic and trade opportunities for European companies,” Larijani said in a meeting with Italian Ambassador to Tehran Luca Giansanti on Sunday.

Early in 2012, the US and the European Union (EU) imposed illegal sanctions on Iran’s oil and financial sectors in a bid to prevent other countries from purchasing Iranian oil and conducting transactions with the Central Bank of Iran.

The illegal US-engineered sanctions were imposed based on the unfounded accusation that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran has categorically rejected the allegation, noting that as a committed member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Larijani criticized certain European countries for pursuing the policies of world powers in the Middle East, saying bullying countries are playing a destructive role in regional developments.

The Majlis speaker expressed hope that the EU would play a positive role in restoring stability and tranquility in the region.

He pointed to the historical and cultural commonalties between the Iranian and Italian nationsm, stating that the expansion of bilateral parliamentary cooperation would be positive in formal relations between Tehran and Rome.

Giansanti, for his part, said that negotiations between Iran and the EU would create an opportunity for both sides to become aware of their position and enhance mutual understanding.

By Press TV


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