The EU has been chastised for sending a high-ranking representative to the inauguration of Iran’s ‘Butcher of Tehran.’
BRUSSELS has come under fire for sending a key eurocrat to Tehran for the country’s newly appointed leader’s presidential inauguration.
Enrique Mora, deputy secretary-general of the European External Action Service, was sent by the EU to Ebrahim Raisi’s inauguration on Thursday. The extreme cleric’s human rights record is horrific, and he is suspected of participating in the death of thousands of political detainees in the 1980s.
He was one of four judges who served on the “Death Committee” of courts, garnering him the moniker “Butcher of Tehran.”
Many people, including Israel, were outraged to learn that Mr Mora was present at the swearing in of such a controversial character.
“The decision of the European Union to send a senior representative to the swearing-in ceremony of the ‘Butcher of Tehran’ is puzzling and shows poor judgment,” said Lior Haiat, a spokesperson for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “EU participation gives legitimacy to the Iranian attack and the policy of aggression,” he added.
Mr Raisi succeeded Hassan Rouhani, who was viewed as a moderate in the West.
The US immediately called on Iran’s new president to restart discussions on restoring the 2015 nuclear deal after his appointment.
The historic agreement, which was signed by six countries, compelled Iran to open up its nuclear program to international observers in exchange for a gradual lifting of sanctions that had wrecked the country’s economy.
Former President Donald Trump was a prominent opponent of the agreement, and the US withdrew from it in 2018.
Tensions with the country and much of the rest of the world have worsened since then.
However, rising public unhappiness as the cost of living rises despite the economy’s stagnation may push Mr Raisi to return to the negotiating table.
He promised to support “any diplomatic plans” to lift sanctions on Iran after being sworn in.
“All illegitimate US sanctions against the Iranian country must be lifted,” he told US President Joe Biden. At the same time, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said: “We urge Iran to return to the negotiations soon so that we may endeavor to conclude our work.”
“Our message to President Raisi is the same as it was to his predecessors… the United States will defend and advance our national security interests, as well as those of our allies.
“Brinkwire Summary News” says, “We hope.”