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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The hearing at UK parliament on Iranian influence in the Middle East

 
Hearing at UK Parliament on Iranian influence in the Middle East

Matthew Offord said in the hearing that Iran is viewing Syria as a valuable route to Lebanon, he also said that the Iranian leadership cites Syria as the 35th province of Iran.

 With the escalation of armed resistance in Syria Iran added its military presence in Syria. US Secretary of state John Kerry said ISIS was created by Bashar al-Assad when he released thousands of extremist prisoners. In addition to the Quds force, the IRGC’s ground force, and the regular military as well as non-Iranian forces are involved in Syria. In February 2016, Reuters reported that Iran has increased arms shipment to Syria. Obamas nuclear deal failed to consider human rights situation in Iran. Approximately 1 billion dollars is spent on the salaries of forces affiliated with the IRGC. The assets this deal released for Iran goes to terrorist activities.
 Joan Ryan said that Iran bears the responsibility for the genocide in Syria. She also said that Iran’s belligerence in the region is also a threat to Europe.
   
Joan Ryan-UK MP
 She also stated that Mahan air who is helping Iran to supply arms to terrorist groups should be subject to sanctions.  The UK MP said that Iran is the leading sponsor of terrorism, that they maintain a long term relationship with Al-Qaeda, that Hezbollah boasts of the funds it receives from Iran. Part of the problem with Iran is a result of failure of western policies on Iran and the Middle east. Iran is also the leading executioner of children in the world, and women face systematic discrimination. 94 Baha’ii’s are currently imprisoned on alleged national security charges. She also expressed concern of the persecution of Christians in Iran, they are being arrested, our relations with Iran must therefore be conditioned on human rights.
     
women in Iran under huge suppression

 David Amess: the core of UK foreign policy has been appeasement and let’s be frank about it, it is about oil. He also said that we must hope for a new policy on Iran by the US.
  
David Amess UK MP

He said that it is appalling the way Iran is treating it’s citizens, killing and torturing them. He said that the UK should be working with like-minded countries to deal with Iran.  John Howell: Iran has declined to stop its support for terror organizations. Iran considers Hamas and Hezbollah as liberation organizations and does not consider them as terrorists.  The UK parliament was unanimous in the question regarding Iran, they must be considered a terrorist state and treated accordingly. May freedom and peace be in the near future for Iran and Iranians.   Amb John Bolton, who was not present in the hearing , has made it very clear that it is the clerical regime in Tehran that is the main sponsor of terrorism in the world. This statement was supported by the speakers in the hearing. 

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