6th EU-Iran Inter-Parliamentary Meeting 25-27 November 2017 

Mr Kazem Jalali, Head of the Iran Delegation with Members of the Majlis and the EP Members  
Group photo.JPG  

The Delegation of the European Parliament for the relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran has just returned from a three day high-level visit in Tehran and Isfahan.

Led by Janusz Lewandowski (EPP, PL) and composed by four more MEPs from Austria, Germany and Italy, the delegation held the 6th EU/Iran Inter-Parliamentary Meeting with their counterparts from the Majlis (Parliament). They had an intensive agenda of meetings, including with the Speaker of the Majlis Ali Larijani, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Minister for the Interior, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, the head of the Human Rights Committee of Judiciary system of Iran, Dr Mohammad Javad Larijani, the head of the women's fraction of the Majlis, Mrs Salahshoori, the Chair of the Legal & Judiciary Committee, Mr Malekshahi. The Delegation also had extensive meetings with the representatives of the religious minorities represented in the Iranian parliament and with NGO's active on environmental and drug-related issues.

In a one-day visit to Isfahan, the MEPs met the local Jewish Community to discuss the situation of this minority in Iran, visited the Rehan screening Centre for Afghan refugees and paid a tribute to the memorial of Polish refugees who found shelter in this city during World War II.

Assisted by the valuable support from the Embassy of Bulgaria (current EU Presidency in Iran) , the delegation proved to be an excellent platform for an open, frank and constructive dialogue with Iran, in addressing key topics such as the implementation of the JCPOA, the development of trade relations, the remarkable assistance provided by Iran to Afghan refugees, the controversial new Iranian missile programme and the delicate regional security situation. Special focus went to the situation of human rights in Iran, notably the death penalty and the new legislation reducing its use for drug-related crimes and for minors, the dual nationality prisoners, and the rights of minorities.

The EP delegation confirmed the overall EU role in Iran and the need for a strong engagement and dialogue with a crucial partner, also through the development of direct inter-parliamentarian relations.