Iran denounces German vice-speaker statements
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 2
By: Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister in Consulate, Parliament, and Iranian Diaspora Affairs Hassan Qashqavi denounced recent statements by German parliament Vice President Claudia Roth as biased and unjust, the country's Fars news agency reported Feb. 2.
Following her visit as member of a German parliamentary delegation to Iran, Roth had stated that she had been banned from making some visits, including with some figures that the Iranian authority have condemned as having a hand in 2009 post-electoral disturbances.
Qashqawi maintained, "On Feb. 1, in the absence of the German ambassador to Tehran Michael Freiherr, Foreign Ministry's West Europe Deputy Director General [Abulqasem Delfi] met with the German Charge d'Affaires to express strong dissatisfaction with Roth's unfounded and unconventional allegations."
He further said that on the same day, Delfi had presented the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the parliament with a full report of the German delegation's visit.
"The commission members were convinced that the entire related organizations had made good cooperation with the parliament on the issue," he noted.
The Iranian diplomat also noted that in the committee session, it was made clear that parliamentary visits are the responsibility of the parliament and that other organizations merely provide aid within their range of duties, Qashqavi pointed out.
Edited by CN