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MP: Iranian Parliament Supports Stronger Ties with Germany

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TEHRAN, July 27 (ICANA) – Chairman of Iran-Germany Parliamentary Friendship Group Seyed Ali Adianifar says the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) welcomes and supports any action towards strengthening of friendly relations with Germany.
Thursday, July 28, 2011 10:09:25 AM
MP: Iranian Parliament Supports Stronger Ties with Germany

Speaking in a meeting with Director General for Middle East Affairs of the German Foreign Ministry Boris Ruge here Wednesday, the Iranian lawmaker underlined the need for development of Tehran-Berlin bilateral relations particularly of parliamentary ties.

Referring to failure of the unjust sanctions imposed on Iran, Adianifar said the sanctions have not only failed to adversely affect Iran's progress, but actually harmed foreign companies, including German manufacturers and companies.

 The MP said Iran was a victim of terrorism and drug smuggling. "We have offered hundreds of martyrs in our fight against drug trade and expect other countries, including Europe to play their role in this respect," said the lawmaker. He regretted that European countries have failed to play an effective role in the fight against drug production and smuggling in Afghanistan.

The German official said he was glad over his Iran visit and stressed the need for the two countries to cooperate in serving regional and international security within common interests.

Ruge said in the light of the long record of positive relations between Iran and Germany it was necessary for Tehran and Berlin to continue mutual talks for the sake of peace and stability in the Middle East region.

Condemning all terrorist acts, Ruge said the German government and judiciary will counter any terrorist actions by political groups through legal means.

In related news, Iran has urged Germany to prosecute leaders of the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) as Tehran seems determined to continue its strikes against the terrorist group.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Ahani on Wednesday called on German authorities to seriously confront PJAK members in Germany, given the group's terrorist attacks against Iranian civilians and armed forces.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry's deputy for European and American affairs urged trial and prosecution of PJAK's leader, Rahman Haj-Ahmadi, who is reportedly residing in Germany.

Ahani made the call during a meeting with Boris Ruge, director of the Middle and Near East Department at the German Foreign Ministry, in Tehran.

On Sunday, Chairwoman of the Human Rights Committee of Iran's Majlis (parliament) Zohreh Elahian wrote a letter the German Federal Parliament, criticizing Berlin's failure to meet its international commitments in the fight against terror and its granting refuge to Haj-Ahmadi.

She also asked Germany to hand over the PJAK chief to Iran so that he could be brought to justice.

On Saturday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the German charge d'affaires in Tehran to voice Iran's strong protest against the presence and free activity of the terrorist group in Germany.

During the Wednesday meeting between Ahani and Ruge, the German official dismissed reports of Germany's support for PJAK and expressed Berlin's willingness to pursue the case of the terrorist elements once it receives relevant documents from Iranian officials.

The IRGC has deployed 5,000 military forces in the northwest of the country along its common border with Iraq's Kurdistan, and has been fighting the PJAK terrorist group over the past weeks.

Members of the PJAK -- an offshoot of Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party -- regularly engage in armed clashes with Iranian security forces along the country's western borders with Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

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