Human Lives Human Rights: European Parliament (EP) President Roberta Metsola announced that the European Parliament’s delegations and committees will no longer engage with Iranian authorities.
The decision came in response to Iran’s sanctioning of Members of the European Parliament, journalists, human rights defenders and institutions.
Metsola said: “Let me announce that there shall be no direct contact between European Parliament delegations and committees with official Iranian counterparts, until further notice.”
This suspension can have many consequences for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Among these consequences, one can point out the further political isolation of Iran, because this situation can become a procedure to reduce the communication of other international actors with Iran.
It is worthy to note that out of the seven member countries of the G-7 group, which recently requested an internet campaign to collect signatures from the members of this group to cut off their relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, three countries were France, Germany and Italy.
And this disconnection, by itself, has a negative effect on the relationship between the Islamic Republic of Iran and these three countries and also on the behavior of the members of the Council of Europe towards the Islamic Republic of Iran. For example, at the request of Germany and Iceland, on Thursday, November 24, the United Nations Human Rights Council will hold a special meeting to examine the situation of human rights violations in Iran.
Also, this severing of relations will let the opponents of the Islamic Republic of Iran, such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, find more vital space to carry out formal diplomatic measures and public diplomacy against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
On the other hand, this situation causes the terror group like People’s Mojahedin Organization, to find more space for lobbying and negotiating against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Moreover, the occurrence of this suspension in coincidence with the recent resolution of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency can make the conditions of the nuclear case of the Islamic Republic of Iran to be more complicated.