Leader’s aide: Iranian nation not to succumb to enemies’ pressures

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian official dismissed as unfounded the recent European Parliament resolution against the human rights situation in Iran, describing it as a move to pressure Tehran to please the US and its allies.

The recent EP resolution is merely aimed at exerting political pressure on Iran, said Ali Akbar Velayati, who is a top advisor to Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.

“These kinds of unjust and groundless judgments are of no value to the Iranian nation,” he said.

Velayati further described the European Parliament as a “pressure tool” in the hands of the United States and its allies to achieve their “illegitimate” goals against countries that seek to be independent.

“The recent European Parliament resolution is not new to us as they have repeatedly committed such actions against us since the (victory) of the (1979 Islamic) Revolution, but our nation will continue to move on the right path,” added the Iranian official.

On Sunday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Greek Ambassador to Tehran Nikolas Garilidis and conveyed Tehran’s official protest to him whose country holds European Union (EU) presidency.

Speaking at a meeting with Garilidis, the director-general of West Europe affairs at the Iranian Foreign Ministry dismissed as “unacceptable and unrealistic” the European Parliament’s resolution which accuses Iran of human rights violations.

“Such injudicious measures and positions run counter to the common interests of the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the Iranian official said.

The resolution adopted by the EP in its Friday meeting in Brussels has called for meetings between EU delegations and Iranian dissidents and opposition leaders and criticized the presidential elections in Iran.

The European’s move has angered officials in Tehran as it has been adopted after the western states voiced their consent and pleasure in the betterment of ties with Iran following a breakthrough deal over Tehran’s nuclear program.

On Saturday, senior Iranian parliamentary officials disclosed that the legislature also plans to study a proposal for halting the nuclear talks with the six world powers in reaction to the EP Resolution.

Ranking member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Hassan Asafari told FNA on Saturday that a group of MPs plan to introduce the proposal at the floor of the parliament in its open session on Sunday.

“This proposal will be presented to the government tomorrow as we expect the foreign ministry to show a serious reaction to the EP resolution,” Asafari said.

Yet, he expressed the hope that the government would act upon the parliament proposal to make further action by the legislature unnecessary.

By Fars News Agency


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