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Plenary speech on the Iran nuclear agreement

On September 9, Marietje Schaake spoke in the plenary debate about the nuclear agreement with Iran, addressing Vice-President / High Representative of Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini. Marietje Schaake, on behalf of the ALDE Group Mr President, in these challenging times, which expose our divisions and lack of position on the global stage, we must underline that when the EU leads, and when we are united, we see results. My compliments go to you, High Representative, your predecessors Javier Solana and Catherine Ashton, and your teams. I enjoyed seeing pictures of the almost all-female crew, but mostly the results that were reached behind closed doors. They must have inspired many women in Iran, too, who need room for participation in society and politics. Certainly the ambitious, smart, Iranian young generation inspires me. Now we must see to it that all sides stick to their commitments and implement their part of the deal. This is only the beginning. I think we have no time to lose in developing a broader EU agenda in relation to Iran, and human rights should be top of that agenda. For too long, quite frankly, they have been overshadowed by these – albeit important – negotiations. Executions; torture (which is systematic); censorship of the media, the internet, academia and art; repression of minorities; no fair trial, and lawyers like the brave Sakharov Prize winner Nasrin Sotoudeh, who are banned from practising law and have faced imprisonment. The Iranian people deserve better. Also, economically the risk is that the deal and the lifting of sanctions will only strengthen the already very strong position of a few: the Revolutionary Guards and those close to the people in power. But Iran needs a truly private sector, and I think we have work to do to make sure that EU companies do not blindly take the opportunities in the economic openings they see but are actually aware of the full picture. We must engage Iran in the explosive regional situation and talk to them in a diplomatic effort to end their support for the murderous regime of Bashar al-Assad, which continues to bomb its people, and to stop supporting terrorist organisations like Hezbollah. Our agenda is long, and we should start today.
More on Iran: 10-09-2015 Written Questions on an Inter-institutional task-force on Iran 14-07-2015 MEP: Deal with Iran removes important hurdle for broader agenda 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 10-10-2014 Written questions on the case of Ayatollah Boroujerdi in Iran 15-08-2014 MEP: Reappointment Ayatollah Larijani is a disaster for human rights Iran 22-04-2014 MEP: EU should forcefully condemn attacks on political prisoners Iran