MEP: Deal with Iran removes important hurdle for broader agenda

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MEP: Deal with Iran removes important hurdle for broader agenda

After historic negotiations, the P5+1 reached a deal on Iran's nuclear programĀ in Vienna today. In exchange for significantly reducing its nuclear capacity and by building trust through inspections, the international community will offer Iran sanction relief. Member of European Parliament Marietje Schaake (D66/ALDE) responds: "This is a day of historic importance for the entire world, but especially for the people in Iran. They have been suffering under sanctions and the country's isolation. I congratulate the negotiators for their endurance and commitment to reaching this important result." Leading role EU The EU chaired the negotiations and should continue to play a leading role. By opening an EU representation, Europe can more sustainably monitor the situation in Iran. "Now that the hurdle of the negotiations is largely out of the way, space opens up for more political focus on other important topics. It is now key to seek cooperation and progress on counter terrorism and regional stability. Iran plays a vital role in helping the Assad regime in Syria. The EU cannot sit back while people are being killed every day, and the war in Syria rages on. Iran has contributed billions to strengthening the government in Damascus as well as militia on the ground. It must now choose to be part of the solution and the end of the war instead", Schaake said. Better life The deal must lead to a broader agenda, which should lead to a much better quality of life for people in Iran. Schaake visited Iran three times as Member of the European Parliament, and remains convinced the highly educated population is the country's main asset. Schaake: "The EU must make sure the sanctions relief does not fuel a grey economy. Instead, the EU's focus should be on the wellbeing of Iranians, their human rights and fundamental freedoms first and foremost." More on Iran: 08-06-2015 Blog: Visit to Iran 09-04-2015 EU must prioritize human rights in Iran after Lausanne 02-04-2015 Marietje Schaake responds to Iran framework deal 06-11-2014 Written Questions on the case of Ghoncheh Ghavami in Iran 22-04-2014 MEP: EU should forcefully condemn attacks on political prisoners Iran 08-04-2014 MEP: Cancellation Iranian visit to EP is revealing 04-04-2014 Plenary debate about Iran