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Protests against the invitation of Foreign Minister Salehi to Germany

The coalition STOP THE BOMB protested with a rally against the invitation of Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi to the German foundation Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP): Monday, February 4, 2013 a 11.30 a.m. at Rauchstraße 17, 10787 Berlin. Here is a press release of STOP THE BOMB on Salehi's visit to Germany. Please find more information on the German page

You can find the documentation of our protests against the invitation of the Iranian vice-minister for Economic Affairs Mohammed Reza Farzin to the DGAP in October 2011 here.

 

Protests against the visit of Iranian Foreign Minister to Germany

STOP THE BOMB Press Release, January 30, 2013

The campaign STOP THE BOMB protests against the invitation of Ali Akbar Salehi to the Munich Security Conference and to the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP), a German think tank.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the Iranian foreign minister, is invited to participate at the 49th Munich Security Conference, which will take place from 1 - 3 February in Munich. After the conference, Salehi will travel to Berlin and speak at the DGAP, an institute which is partly funded by the Foreign Office. [1]

STOP THE BOMB protests in the strongest terms against the invitation of Salehi. "The Iranian regime exploits the talks to gain time for the development of its atomic bomb. Salehi's invitation to Germany sends a signal to Tehran that there is still time for business as usual, instead of exerting pressure", says Michael Spaney, spokesman for STOP THE BOMB.

Three rounds of international talks with the Iranian regime on the nuclear conflict ended in 2012 without result. The leadership in Tehran refused to allow inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to visit its military facilities and openly admits that they deceive IAEA inspectors with false information. [2] The new talks with Salehi are held while in Iran a new wave of executions and public torture is taking place. [3]

Until he had been appointed foreign minister of Iran, Salehi himself, as head of the Iranian nuclear program, was on the EU sanctions list and banned from entering the EU.

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Michael Spaney comments: "The Iranian regime, despite all talks, stays with its antisemitic and warmongering policy without compromise. The Iranian leadership continuously declares its intention to destroy the state of Israel, keeps on working on its nuclear arms programme and sends its terrorist allies to Syria and other countries – even into the EU. One shouldn't enhance the status of the regime with useless talks. However, public talks of the German government and the DGAP with Iranian oppositional forces would be of highest importance." [4]

The coalition STOP THE BOMB will protest in Berlin against Salehi's visit to the DGAP next Monday, February 4th at Rauchstrasse 17, 10787 Berlin. [5]

 

1] https://dgap.org/de/node/23256

[2] Rick Gladstone/Christine Hauser: Iran’s Top Atomic Official Says Nation Issued False Nuclear Data to Fool Spies, in: NYT, 20.09.2012, quoted in Matthias Küntzel, America’s Shifting “Red Lines” on Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions: A Wedge Issue in US–Israeli Relations. http://www.matthiaskuentzel.de/contents/americas-shifting-red-lines-on-irans-nuclear-ambitions-a-wedge-issue-in-usisraeli-relations
„If Iran wants to build a nuclear bomb, no one will be able to stop it“, threatened President Mahmud Ahmadinedjad. Compare George Jahn: 6 powers, Iran, remain split on nuclear issues, Associated Press, 08.06.2012. bigstory.ap.org/article/6-powers-iran-remain-split-nuclear-issues

[3] Compare http://jungle-world.com/von-tunis-nach-teheran/2026/; http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/21/world/middleeast/iran-resorts-to-hangings-in-public-to-cut-crime.html?ref=world&_r=1&; http://www.krone.at/Nachrichten/Iran_Immer_mehr_oeffentliche_Hinrichtungen-Keine_Gnade_fuer_Arme-Story-348343

[4] On international Holocaust Memorial Day Iran's president Ahmadinejad called on the Muslim world to fight together for an “end to Zionism”: “President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called on Muslim nations to pursue ‘specific aims’ to achieve unity, he said: ‘Under circumstances that the corrupt, uncultured and murderous Zionists are occupying and killing oppressed people, we should not sit idly by and take no action.’ President said putting an end to Zionism should be among the goals of unity among Muslim.” http://www.president.ir/en/44681.

[5] The coalition STOP THE BOMB is going to protest with a rally against the invitation of Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi at the DGAP: Monday, 4th of February 2013 at 11:30 am in front of the DGAP building at Rauchstraße 17, 10787 Berlin, in case the event is not called off. Further information: http://de.stopthebomb.net/de/dgap-2013.html#c2560

 

 

Protests against the visit of Iranian Foreign Minister to Germany

STOP THE BOMB Press Release, January 30, 2013

The campaign STOP THE BOMB protests against the invitation of Ali Akbar Salehi to the Munich Security Conference and to the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP), a German think tank.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the Iranian foreign minister, is invited to participate at the 49th Munich Security Conference, which will take place from 1 - 3 February in Munich. After the conference, Salehi will travel to Berlin and speak at the DGAP, an institute which is partly funded by the Foreign Office. [1]

STOP THE BOMB protests in the strongest terms against the invitation of Salehi. "The Iranian regime exploits the talks to gain time for the development of its atomic bomb. Salehi's invitation to Germany sends a signal to Tehran that there is still time for business as usual, instead of exerting pressure", says Michael Spaney, spokesman for STOP THE BOMB.

Three rounds of international talks with the Iranian regime on the nuclear conflict ended in 2012 without result. The leadership in Tehran refused to allow inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to visit its military facilities and openly admits that they deceive IAEA inspectors with false information. [2] The new talks with Salehi are held while in Iran a new wave of executions and public torture is taking place. [3]

Until he had been appointed foreign minister of Iran, Salehi himself, as head of the Iranian nuclear program, was on the EU sanctions list and banned from entering the EU.

STOP THE BOMB spokesperson Michael Spaney comments: "The Iranian regime, despite all talks, stays with its antisemitic and warmongering policy without compromise. The Iranian leadership continuously declares its intention to destroy the state of Israel, keeps on working on its nuclear arms programme and sends its terrorist allies to Syria and other countries – even into the EU. One shouldn't enhance the status of the regime with useless talks. However, public talks of the German government and the DGAP with Iranian oppositional forces would be of highest importance." [4]

The coalition STOP THE BOMB will protest in Berlin against Salehi's visit to the DGAP next Monday, February 4th at Rauchstrasse 17, 10787 Berlin. [5]

 

1] https://dgap.org/de/node/23256

[2] Rick Gladstone/Christine Hauser: Iran’s Top Atomic Official Says Nation Issued False Nuclear Data to Fool Spies, in: NYT, 20.09.2012, quoted in Matthias Küntzel, America’s Shifting “Red Lines” on Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions: A Wedge Issue in US–Israeli Relations. http://www.matthiaskuentzel.de/contents/americas-shifting-red-lines-on-irans-nuclear-ambitions-a-wedge-issue-in-usisraeli-relations
„If Iran wants to build a nuclear bomb, no one will be able to stop it“, threatened President Mahmud Ahmadinedjad. Compare George Jahn: 6 powers, Iran, remain split on nuclear issues, Associated Press, 08.06.2012. bigstory.ap.org/article/6-powers-iran-remain-split-nuclear-issues

[3] Compare http://jungle-world.com/von-tunis-nach-teheran/2026/; http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/21/world/middleeast/iran-resorts-to-hangings-in-public-to-cut-crime.html?ref=world&_r=1&; http://www.krone.at/Nachrichten/Iran_Immer_mehr_oeffentliche_Hinrichtungen-Keine_Gnade_fuer_Arme-Story-348343

[4] On international Holocaust Memorial Day Iran's president Ahmadinejad called on the Muslim world to fight together for an “end to Zionism”: “President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called on Muslim nations to pursue ‘specific aims’ to achieve unity, he said: ‘Under circumstances that the corrupt, uncultured and murderous Zionists are occupying and killing oppressed people, we should not sit idly by and take no action.’ President said putting an end to Zionism should be among the goals of unity among Muslim.” http://www.president.ir/en/44681.

[5] The coalition STOP THE BOMB is going to protest with a rally against the invitation of Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi at the DGAP: Monday, 4th of February 2013 at 11:30 am in front of the DGAP building at Rauchstraße 17, 10787 Berlin, in case the event is not called off. Further information: http://de.stopthebomb.net/de/dgap-2013.html#c2560