Speaker Frowns at Blair's Remarks
November 02, 2003
Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting
Tehran -- Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi said on Sunday that British Prime Minister Tony Blair has made miscalculated statement against Iran.
He told reporters at the end of the open session of the parliament that Blair escalated tension between Tehran and London rather than do something in line with detente owing to the background of bilateral relations and the mentality of the Iranian people toward Britain's past records.
"Britain has taken steps over the past several years to remove the Iranian people's mentality of the past about that country. With his latest statement, Blair indicated that he even lacks the knowledge about the British people too and is going ahead with his ambiguous policy," Karroubi said."
In our meetings with the British officials, especially, the parliamentary delegation which visited Tehran last week, we discussed matters concerning the need to respect the independence and national sovereignty of every country, proceed with dialogue and non-interference in the other countries' internal or external affairs," Karroubi said.
Asked about the four-party agreement made in Tehran with the European Union, on October 21, Karroubi said, "we are satisfied with the outcome of our talks with the Europeans.
The next steps will be taken in line with national interest. They are also expected to abide by the commitments they made." http://www.iribnews.com/Full_en.asp?news_id=191564
This helps explain why Graham and Chretin are building some backbone, months after the unfortunate death.The pressure is on.
posted on 11/02/2003 10:17:46 AM PST
(It's good to beeeeeee Alberta bound.)
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