Last Update:  06 December 2011 17:46  GMT                                      Volume. 11312

Majlis will take more measures if British belligerence continues
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he recent demonstration by students in front of the British Embassy in Tehran was a completely justified move in light of London’s hostility toward the Islamic Republic of Iran in recent years. 

Britain’s decision to impose unilateral sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran intensified the public outrage toward the country, and the British Embassy in Tehran was the nearest place for the people to vent their anger.

During Iran’s 2009 presidential election, the British Embassy played a very active role in supporting dissident elements and agents provocateurs. This provided another example of Britain’s longstanding enmity toward Iran. After that, the Iranian people began looking for an opportunity to express their indignation over London’s dubious policies toward the Islamic Republic.   

The Iranian people have always been patient in regard to the hostile policies of the United Kingdom. They have also contributed to the security of foreign diplomats based in Tehran and their compounds because they are concerned about the security of Iranian missions in other countries. 

However, the unilateral sanctions recently imposed by the British government on the Central Bank of Iran, ostensibly to hinder Iran’s progress in peaceful nuclear activities, once again proved that there is no justification for continuing diplomatic relations with Britain. The demonstration was the climax of the people’s dissatisfaction with Britain’s hostile policies toward Iran.

And Iranians are not the only people in the world who are fed up with British meddling. The masses in many other nations across the globe expect the British government to revise its policies toward their countries. If these policies are revised, British diplomatic missions will be able to perform their duties in a safer environment. 

In the wake of the recent demonstration, Britain is expected to revise its policies toward Tehran. This would pave the way for Iranian officials to restore diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom. Otherwise, the MPs of Iran’s Majlis will take tougher measures and the remaining channels of communication will be completely shut down.

MP Mohammad Esmaeil Kowsari is a senior member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.

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