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Possible EU office in Tehran ‘inconsequential’

20 November 2016 7:44

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Head of Parliament Legal and Judicial Commission had downplayed the prospects of possible EU office in Tehran as ‘inconsequential.’

Allahyar Malekshahi also believed that the Islamic Republic of Iran had a rich repertoire in terms of human rights and should have an upper hand in negotiations with the EU.

He cast doubt on the prospects and legitimacy of human rights talks with western countries, asking rhetorically about the plausibility of such a negotiation; “western human rights has a totally different foundations than Islamic human rights; Islam posits two dimensions for man, while western view of human rights allows only a materialistic aspect for the man; this difference should be taken into consideration,” he told reporters about Iran-EU human rights talks.

“Such negotiations would prove futile due to different foundations both sides base their views of the human rights,” Malekshahi emphasized. “Establishment of an EU office in Tehran is unnecessary and irrelevant; their conduct well belies their hypocrisy and the fact that they would not seek to rectify the vices of the world and to find facts about the downtrodden and save them; in the retrospect 10 or 20 years later, we would well understand their true motives,” he asserted.

“A second reason why an EU office in Tehran is irrelevant is that Iran is not a member to the EU and would dispense with the office; furthermore, the EU is not a country by its own and it is a union and would not introduce an ambassador to head the delegation in the office,” said the Principlist representative.

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