Parties call to counter Tehran. On Wednesday, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Italian Parliament’s Lower House unanimously approved a resolution on the human rights situation in Iran. The text commits the government to act within the European Union and United Nations frameworks towards “an immediate cessation of the ongoing repression” against the protests, which have been going on for four months, and respect for human rights.
- The executive is also called upon to expand and update the list of individual sanctions and strengthen controls to prevent the circumvention of sanctions on Italian soil.
Keyword: unity. To underscore the unanimous nature of the resolution, the parties then held a rare joint press conference. The Committee’s chairman, Giulio Tremonti (a Brothers of Italy MP) and Giangiacomo Calovini, head of BoI’s group, attended alongside Laura Boldrini (Democratic Party), Federica Onori (Five Star Movement), Paolo Formentini (League and Committee deputy chairman) and Andrea Orsini (Forza Italia).
The MFA’s aligned, too. The resolution highlights the decision of Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani, who did not respond to a request for a meeting by his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian at the Med Dialogues 2022 – who in turn “had been invited by the previous government.” With this choice, “Italy has already given a first clear signal,” notes the text.