The European Union has been condemned for a diplomat’s appearance at the inauguration of Iran’s new hardline President, seated alongside leaders of the antisemitic genocidal terrorist groups, Hamas, Hizballah and Islamic Jihad, all of which are proscribed by the EU.
Enrique Mora, the Deputy Secretary General and Political Director of the EU’s External Action Service, attended the inauguration of President Ebrahim Raisi, known as the ‘Butcher of Tehran’, for his alleged role in executing thousands of political prisoners in the 1980s. He was placed under US sanctions in 2019 after being appointed to lead Iran’s judiciary, and has now won the Presidency.
The ceremony was attended by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, Hizballah Deputy Leader Naim Qassem, and the leader of Islamic Jihad, Ziad al-Nakhalah, behind him Mr Mora was sitting.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad are designated terrorist organisations by the EU, while the EU proscribes only Hizballah’s so-called ‘military wing’, but not its supposed ‘political wing’, even though the terrorist group explicitly does not recognise any distinction between its units.
Iranian dissidents were reportedly furious at the EU’s decision to honour President Raisi by attending, while Jewish groups were appalled by the EU diplomat’s appearance alongside proscribed antisemitic terrorist groups.
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