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Iran dismisses US allegation on disrespect for religious minorities

Tehran, Sept 17, IRNA - Representative of Iranian Jewish Community in Majlis Morris Mo'tamed on Monday refuted the US allegation about lack of freedom for the religious minorities in Iran.

In a meeting with two conservative members of British House of Commons in Tehran, Mo'tamed said that Iranian Jewish Community has repeatedly declared its objection to the US allegations in this respect.

Responding to a question by the members of British House of Commons on the status of religious minorities in Iran, he noted that the minorities are living in Iran just like other citizens.

In Iran, MPs representing religious minorities enjoy equal rights and are elected through democratically general elections, he said.

Mo'tamed said that Iran has made efforts to fight drug trafficking from Afghanistan, but, occupation of the country by the British and US forces failed to stop outflow of illicit drugs from Afghanistan, rather, the amount of poppy cultivation has increased.

Another Iranian MP from the Assyrian Community Bet Kelia said that Assyrians are free to exercise their rituals and are proud of their national and religious identity.

Conservative Member of British House of Commons Richard Spring expressed his satisfaction with the trip to Iran, which "is an opportunity to get more acquainted with Iranian political, social and cultural realities."

Spring noted that the UK government has not properly treated Iran on some issues, hoping that the current problems would be resolved as soon as possible.

He also appreciated Iran's efforts in campaign against drug trafficking from Afghanistan to the European states.

The Islamic Republic of Iran Police (IRIP) has lost several hundred personnel in numerous clashes with the armed drug traffickers.

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