03 March 2019 - 09:20
News ID: 443685
Ayatollah Mojtahed-Shabestari:‎
Rasa – The member of the Expediency Discernment Council, announced the reasons for ‎postponing the decision of the Council in regard to the Palermo Convention and announced ‎the possibility of a meeting of the Council after the beginning of the Iranian new year.‎

RNA – In an exclusive interview with Rasa News Agency, Ayatollah Mohsen Mojtahed-‎Shabestari, a member of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council, ‎referred to the details of ‎the meeting of the Expediency Discernment Council on March 3rd and said, “During this ‎meeting, a vote in regard to the Palermo Convention didn’t occur and it was delayed once ‎again.”‎

The representative of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic ‎Revolution in East Azerbaijan ‎province explained the reason for not voting on the Palermo Convention, “The main reason ‎for the postponement is to see how the Europeans behave in terms of their obligations. The ‎European financial mechanism, called the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges ‎‎[INSTEX], isn’t enough because in regard to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ‎‎[JCPOA], Europe has commitments that haven’t been met.”‎
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Ayatollah Mojtahed-Shabestari‎ said that we have to wait to see if Europe fulfills its ‎obligations or not and added, “If Europe doesn’t comply with its obligations, an appropriate ‎decision will be made.”‎
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His Eminence continued, “Another reason for reviewing the issue of Combating the Financing ‎of Terrorism [CFT] in the Expediency Discernment Council ‎is so that the necessary reviews ‎are made in the commission and so that an appropriate decision can be made in regard to ‎the Palermo Convention and the CFT.”‎
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He said the time of the next meeting of the Expediency Discernment Council has not yet ‎been announced and said that the next meeting is likely to held in the new Iranian year, ‎which begins on March 21. “Perhaps it was thought that most members of the Expediency ‎Discernment Council ‎would not be present,” he said. ‎

Ayatollah Mojtahed-Shabestari said, “The current financial mechanism of the Europeans, ‎which favours oil over food and medicine, isn’t worth it, and Europe must comply with its ‎obligations, and if it doesn’t, an appropriate decision will be taken.”‎

Rasa News Agency‎ ‎


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