MNA – Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei had said in a letter that he was not against the legal procedure of reviewing the CFT bill in the Parliament.
During a Parliament session on Wednesday, lawmakers passed the amendment bill on Iran’s accession to the convention against the funding of terrorism (CFT) with 125 votes in favor, 59 against, and 6 in abstention.
The bill had been ratified in the Parliament in early October, but rejected by the Guardian Council on November 4 due to some flaws that the Council had found to be ambiguous or against the country’s Shari’ah and the Constitutional law.
Following a remark by MP Hosseinali Haji Deligani that Leader of Islamic Revolution was against Iran’s accession to the CFT bill, citing Ayatollah Khamenei’s earlier remarks back in June that conventions are “cooked up by one party” while other member states have no say in them, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said the Leader had not been against the legal procedure of reviewing the CFT bill in the Parliament.
Larijani maintained that following the Leader’s remarks, the Parliament stopped the procedure on reviewing the bill. However, in separate letters penned by the Ministry of Economy, the Central bank of Iran, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it was noted that rejecting the CFT would bring further sanctions on Iran.
Larijani added that the Leader had written in a letter that he meant conventions in its general sense and not exclusively the CFT bill, saying he was not against the legal procedure of reviewing the bill in the Parliament.
The single-article bill was amended in seven areas by the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission and gained the majority of votes by the lawmakers on Wednesday session. The remaining flaws as pointed out by the Guardian Council were insisted upon by the lawmakers and referred to the Expediency Council for the final verdict.