Iran halts president’s grilling by Parliament

Updated 22 November 2012
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Iran halts president’s grilling by Parliament

TEHRAN: Iran’s Parliament has scrapped plans to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over country’s economic woes following an intervention by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the ISNA news agency said yesterday.
The decision was announced after Khamenei was quoted on his website as saying, “I ask lawmakers not to pursue” the planned questioning.
Khamenei has the final word over all state matters in the country.
A petition submitted by 77 MPs in the 290-seat Parliament on Nov. 4 required Ahmadinejad to appear before lawmakers within a month to explain his “government’s procrastination in managing” Iran’s sanctions-hit economy.
The move was put in motion after the national currency, the rial, lost more than two-thirds of its value in a 20-day span starting in late September.
Shortly after Khamenei’s remarks were published, Parliament abandoned the planned grilling, ISNA reported.
“By adhering to the supreme leader, we announce that we will not pursue the task,” it quoted lawmaker Evaz Heidarpour as saying on behalf of the 77 MPs behind the move.
Khamenei meanwhile praised the conservative-dominated Parliament for initiating the plan, saying “it showed a sense of responsibility in the assembly and a readiness by government officials to answer” questions on Iran’s economic woes.
Iran’s economy is struggling to cope with the gradual tightening of sanctions by the United States and the European Union over the past two years.
The sanctions have targeted Iran’s vital oil exports and revenues as well as its access to the global banking system, slowing its economy, accelerating inflation and boosting the ranks of the jobless.


Berlin backs Macron’s Iran plan

In our view this agreement should be maintained, Merkel said. (AFP)
Updated 27 April 2018
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Berlin backs Macron’s Iran plan

  • Merkel will discuss Iran with Trump on a visit on Friday
  • Macron acknowledged that he does not know what Trump will decide

BERLIN, PARIS: Proposals presented by French President Emmanuel Macron on Iran’s nuclear deal are based on the existing international agreement but would add some new elements, a senior German official said on Thursday.

Speaking before Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to Washington for talks with US President Donald Trump, the official said: “The premise of Macron’s proposal is that the agreement remains in its existing form and additional elements come on top.” The official added: “In our view this agreement should be maintained.”

Trump has said he is not happy with the 2015 accord and may pull out of it. 

Iran’s President Hasan Rouhani insisted the deal cannot be changed or built on. 

The plan announced during Macron’s trip is part of European efforts to persuade Trump not to abandon the accord next month.

Merkel will discuss Iran with Trump on a visit on Friday.

The French president has meanwhile defended discussions with Trump for a new plan to curb Iranian nuclear weapons. Speaking to reporters before leaving Washington on Wednesday night, Macron said the new four-pronged agreement would be a “very important complement” to the existing 2015 accord.

Macron insisted on the importance of talking to all sides, including Iran ally Russia, and said the world should not force anything on Iran. He acknowledged that he does not know what Trump will decide.