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11/2/03

Iran's Parliament may consider cutting off Iran-Britain friendship committee

Head of Iran-Britain Parliamentary Friendship Committee said in Tehran on Sunday that if British Prime Minister Tony Blair does not cease his acrimonious stance on Iran, the committee activities may be suspended until the end of his tenure, IRNA reported.

Speaking to reporters, Akbar Alami said the committee was formed in line with Iran's policy of detente with the aim of improving ties between Tehran and London.

Although, the negative ramification of British colonial policies are still fresh in minds of the Iranians, the committee set to pursue a constructive dialogue to erase such memories.

If Blair continues his vengeful, and interventionist policies towards Iran which only emanates from his domestic troubles, then the purpose of the parliamentary committee becomes mute and the Majlis will consider suspending its activities.

He also called on other deputies in the Majlis and their counterparts in the British parliament to opt for prudent and constructive policies in reforming Blair policies and his support of the dangerous policies pursued by the US president George W. Bush.

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Saturday summoned the British Ambassador to Tehran Richard Dalton to formally object to the recent remarks by British Prime Minister Tony Blair on the Islamic Republic.

Director General of the West European Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Ebrahim Rahimpour said Tehran has voiced its objections to Blair's outrageous statements on Iran.

In his Thursday remarks, Blair had said the military action against Iraq would produce positive results and, for instance, would push the Islamic Republic to more effectively cooperate with the international community.

Rahimpour termed as 'irrational' Blair's claims saying these statements clearly show that British premier has tried to find a way out of the domestic problems and to avoid questions by the British public.

Dalton said Blair may have not had any intention to outrage Iran while reiterating that London's policy toward Tehran has not changed.

Karroubi criticizes Blair's anti-Iran statement

Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi said on Sunday that British Prime Minister Tony Blair has made miscalculated statement against Iran.

He told reporters at the end of the open session of the parliament that Blair escalated tension between Tehran and London rather than do something in line with detente owing to the background of bilateral relations and the mentality of the Iranian people toward Britain's past records.

"Britain has taken steps over the past several years to remove the Iranian people's mentality of the past about that country. With his latest statement, Blair indicated that he even lacks the knowledge about the British people too and is going ahead with his ambiguous policy," Karroubi said.

"In our meetings with the British officials, especially, the parliamentary delegation which visited Tehran last week, we discussed matters concerning the need to respect the independence and national sovereignty of every country, proceed with dialogue and non-interference in the other countries' internal or external affairs," Karroubi said.

Asked about the four-party agreement made in Tehran with the European Union, on October 21, Karroubi said, "We are satisfied with the outcome of our talks with the Europeans. The next steps will be taken in line with national interest. They are also expected to abide by the commitments they made."

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