Iran expresses concern over human rights situation in Europe
Iran is "seriously concerned" about the human rights situation in Europe, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi in Tehran Sunday, responding to an EU letter recently sent to Iran on its alleged human rights violations.
Speaking during his weekly briefing, Asefi told reporters, "human rights are not a one-sided issue, Iran, too, is seriously concerned about human rights situation in Europe."
"Unfortunately," regretted the spokesman, "anti-Islamism is
increasingly growing in Europe and Europeans should consider necessary
measures to prevent further violations of (religious) minorities
rights and those of Muslims in particular, in all European countries."
Asked on the date of resumption of Tehran's talks with Europe
under the Paris agreement, Asefi said that serious talks would start
"next week," according to IRNA news agency.
He added that a number of "working groups" are currently being
formed to work on the materialization of agreements in different fields.
Asked if there was a guarantee for Europeans to fulfill commitments they had made in relations to Iran, Asefi said, "Their words are their guarantee."
"If they (Europeans) fail to keep their words and fulfill their
commitments, then the Islamic Republic will no longer be faithful to
its commitments, too," Asefi said.