Iran official calls for ‘lobbying anti-Trump movements’

Iran's top foreign policy official said anti-Trump movements in the US would help alleviate pressure caused by US sanctions. (File/AFP)
Updated 13 October 2018

Iran official calls for ‘lobbying anti-Trump movements’

  • The “anti-Trump movements” would help alleviate pressure caused by Washington’s “extensive sanction-focused force.”
  • The US is due to complete the reimposition of sanctions on November 5, targeting Iran’s oil sector and central bank

TEHRAN: One of Iran’s top foreign policy officials has called for negotiations with “anti-Trump movements” in the US to dampen the impact of sanctions, local media reported Saturday.
“America is not Trump,” said Heshmatollah Falahat-Pisheh, a conservative lawmaker who heads parliament’s influential national security and foreign policy commission, according to reformist newspaper Arman.
“There is a new diplomatic atmosphere for deescalation with America and it is fitting that Iran follows negotiation diplomacy and lobbying anti-Trump movements in America,” he added.
He said this would help alleviate pressure caused by Washington’s “extensive sanction-focused force.”
The US pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May and reimposed punishing sanctions on the country, hoping to pressure Tehran into what President Donald Trump calls a “better deal.”
The US is due to complete the reimposition of sanctions on November 5, targeting Iran’s oil sector and central bank.
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has dismissed Trump’s offers to talk as “a dangerous game.”
But Mehdi Motaharnia, a Tehran-based political analyst, described Falahat-Pisheh’s proposal as “very meaningful” since it signifies a potential shift in conservatives’ stance on talking with the US.
“This comes from a conservative whose party members called (Foreign Minister Mohammad) Javad Zarif a traitor for negotiating with the US,” Motaharnia told reformist daily Hamdeli.
“But now we do not see such reactions when the head of national security and foreign policy commission proposes talks,” he added.


EU must stand firm regarding Turkey, says France’s Beaune

Updated 01 October 2020

EU must stand firm regarding Turkey, says France’s Beaune

  • “In the short-term there must be signals of resolve. We will see if there are sanctions,” a French minister said

PARIS: The European Union must stand firm against Turkey and this could mean possible sanctions, junior European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune said on Thursday.
“In the short-term there must be signals of resolve. We will see if there are sanctions,” he said on broadcaster France 2 television.
EU leaders are set to meet in Brussels on Thursday for two days of discussions notably on tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean and relations with Turkey.