International Forum for Parliamentary Development convenes in Moscow
The second International Forum for Parliamentary Development kicked off in Moscow on Wednesday, with the participation of 132 countries including an Iranian parliamentary delegation.
Iran Press/Europe: Representatives from 132 countries are attending the gathering in Moscow, with more than 800 parliamentarians and experts, including Iran's First Deputy Parliament Speaker Masoud Pezeshkian.
The forum’s agenda is focused on international security and stability, digital economy, development, youth and environmental policies, and the future of inter-parliamentary institutions.
ُSpeaking at the forum, Iran's First Deputy Parliament Speaker said that the Islamic Republic of Iran's policy is one of friendship and good neighbourliness with all regional countries, Iran Press reported.
Here are parts of Masoud Pezeshkian's speech he made at International Forum for Parliamentary Development:
After a protracted period of negotiations which lasted many years, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the 5+1 Group -- France, Britain, Germany, European Union, Russia, China and United States -- signed a key nuclear accord in July 2015. The multilateral agreement was painstakingly negotiated, signed by Iran and all members of the 5+1 Group, and was unanimously endorsed by the United Nations security council in resolution 2231.
The Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is regarded as the crowning achievement of multilateral diplomacy, and a cornerstone of global nuclear non-proliferation regime. It is also regarded as essential for European and global security.
After the US withdrew from the multinational accord, it immediately began to undermine the deal, re-imposed tough sanctions on Iran, and put pressure on other countries to curb their business dealings with Iran. America's very hostile approach and its so-called 'maximum pressure' policy have so far failed to work, since the European Union, China, Russia and much of the international community are not backing America's approach.
Undeterred by its failed sanctions policy, the Trump administration seems hell-bent on manufacturing a crisis in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman. The suspicious attacks on commercial shipping and oil tankers in the Sea of Oman -- in all probability a false-flag operation -- is meant to ratchet up pressure on Iran and provide a pretext for further adventurism on the part of US. The intruding US Global Hawk surveillance drone -- on a spying mission over Iranian territorial waters -- was shot down by the IRGC, proving Iran is not intimidated by US tactics.
Finally, mainstream American media are trying to portray Iran as disinterested in negotiations, and the US as a 'victim of Iranian aggression', whereas in reality it is the other way round -- it is the US which is trying to intimidate Iran by sending several aircraft carriers and battleship strike groups to the Persian Gulf. 101/211