1256 GMT February 19, 2020
Lawmaker Masoud Goudarzi slammed the Polish government decision to cohost a global summit with the United States focused on Iran, saying the move would badly affect bilateral ties.
“Our ties with Poland were good in the past, but the country’s politics are now affected by the US policies, plunging our bilateral ties to a low level,” he regretted.
Goudarzi, a member of Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, added that inviting Israel to the meeting would “completely overshadow” Tehran’s cooperation with Warsaw.
The lawmaker said, “The policies of Poland, as a European country, should be in tune with those of the European Union and not the US.”
Ties with Iraq
Lawmaker Ali Akbar Karimi said Iran and Iraq need to cement their ties, in particular in the economic sector.
“Iraq is one of our biggest trading partners. The country is the destination of most of the products manufactured in Iran,” he said.
Karimi, a member of Parliament Economic Committee, noted the US sanctions on Iran prompt Tehran to expand its relations with neighbors.
“We are required to have more joint economic projects with Baghdad,” he added.
The parliamentarian said Iran and Iraq are trying to increase their annual trade volume from current $13 billion to $20 billion.
EU delay panned
Lawmaker Shahrouz Barzegar criticized the European Union for its repeated delays to implement a financial mechanism, known as the special purpose vehicle (SPV), with Iran that aims to salvage the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
“After repeated delays by the EU in implementation of the SPV, we are not waiting for them anymore,” warned Barzegar, a member of Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.
“Of course, we had economic talks with other countries,” he said, adding “Iran’s main economic approach is to have stronger economic relations with its neighbors.”
The EU’s mechanism is a kind of clearing house that could be used to help match Iranian oil and gas exports against purchases of the bloc’s goods in an effective barter arrangement circumventing the US sanctions, based on global use of the dollar for oil sales.
It is seen as the lynchpin of European efforts to salvage the nuclear accord, from which US President Donald Trump — who took office after the pact was clinched — withdrew in May, calling it flawed in Iran’s favor.