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News number: 8802211197

17:15 | 2009-05-11

Foriegn Policy

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MP: Europe Not in Favor of Thaw in Iran-US Ties

TEHRAN (FNA)- Economic interests as well as lobbies influencing Europe's policy-making process have made Europe oppose rapprochement and resumption of ties between Iran and the US, a senior member of the Iranian parliament said on Monday.



Referring to a recent request by the European Parliament from Washington to exclude the name of the anti-Iran terrorist group, the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), from the US list of terrorist groups, member of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mehdi Sanae'e told FNA, "This decision and demand is an improper measure as the Monafeqin (the Hypocrites, as MKO is referred to in Iran) organization is a terrorist and infamous grouplet at the world level and it (the move) will cause some damages for Europe which has economic interactions with Iran."

After removing the anti-Iranian terror group from their blacklist, the EU lawmakers are now urging US President Barack Obama to follow suit.

More than 100 members of the European Parliament have tried to persuade the US president to lift an American ban on the MKO.

Noting that the EU demand on the US administration is aimed at influencing negotiations over Iran's nuclear issue, Sanae'e reiterated that the political issues at the international level have multiple layers with special traits and are much complicated.

"The carrot and stick policy is an established game in the foreign policy of the US and Europe, and although Europe's support and relations with Monafeqin is not justifiable, it can serve as a pressure lever," he added.