A slated Tuesday meeting between the European Parliament and Iran's Aladdin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Committee for Foreign Policy of Iran’s parliament, sparked outrage because the Iranian MP participated in a conference featuring Holocaust deniers, and for his role in this month's crackdown of Iranian protests against the regime in Tehran, according to the Jerusalem Post.
"Outrageous EP hosts Iranian delegation to talk about climate change, counter-terrorism and trade. Anything but humanrights and Iranprotests," Anders Primdahl Vistisen, the co-chair of the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee, tweeted on Sunday.
The Danish MEP wrote last week on his Twitter feed that it is "shocking" that the EU "will give floor to Chair Foreign Affairs & National Security Committee at Iranian Majlis - key figure of violent crackdown on peaceful protests" and that it "holds counter-terrorism seminar with biggest sponsor of terror in region & against own people!"
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Iran's regime allegedly murdered over 20 citizens and incarcerated 3,700 people for protesting in late December and January against the lack of political and economic democracy under the rule of Khamenei.
The EU parliament's foreign affairs committee plans to conduct an “exchange of views” with Boroujerdi covering “the Iranian position on regional developments, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and the current political situation in Iran.”
The NGO Stop the Bomb called on Tuesday for the EU parliament to pull the plug on the meeting with Boroujerdi. The organization wrote that "Iranian oppositionists blame Boroujerdi for openly supporting the brutal oppression of the protest movement within the last weeks.
In 2014, he participated in the 'New Horizon Conference' in Tehran, an event that hosted Holocaust deniers and anti-Semitic conspiracists. Boroujerdi is responsible for the support of terrorist organizations like Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and Hamas.