President. – I declare resumed the session of the European Parliament adjourned on Thursday, 29 September 2011.
Struan Stevenson (ECR). – Mr President, in view of the news this morning that the American Government has uncovered a plot by the Iranians to assassinate the Ambassador from Saudi Arabia in Washington DC, together with the news that another 300 prisoners have been transferred to death row expecting imminent execution – and these are people, mostly students, who were arrested during the uprisings in Tehran and other cities in Iran – I think it is a deeply retrograde step that this House, that the Conference of Presidents, has agreed to send a delegation to Tehran in two or three weeks time.
I think Iran is now beyond the pale; to give them that kind of publicity, to give them that kind of oxygen, is completely wrong. We should think again about that Conference of Presidents’ decision.
President. – Your remarks will certainly be taken into consideration.
Potito Salatto (PPE). – (IT) Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, in the light of what has just been said, I and my Italian colleagues from the Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) in the Delegation for relations with Iran are absolutely opposed to this trip to Iran and ask the Bureau, which had decided to give the go-ahead, to re-think this action, which simply gives free publicity to the government in Tehran.
President. – We will certainly take your comments into consideration.