Press Release, May 30, 2014

On Wednesday, June 4, 2014 senior members of the Bundestag, the German Parliament, invite the Iranian Ambassador Alireza Sheikh Attar to a fireside chat in the “Parlamentarische Gesellschaft” opposite the German Parliament building in Berlin on behalf of the foundation “Stiftung für Grundwerte und Völkerverständigung“ (“Foundation for Basic Values ​​and International Understanding”). Secretary of Labor Andrea Nahles (Social Democrats) and party whip Volker Kauder (Conservative Party, CDU) and 19 others are among the inviting Members of Parliament.

According to information provided by dissidents, the announced “guest of honor”, Iranian Ambassador Sheikh Attar, was involved personally in massacres in Kurdistan-Iran.

The German Foreign Office is supporting the event with a greeting of the Head of the Middle East Department Markus Potzel.

The invitation text defines the purpose of deepening German-Iranian relations on the basis of an alleged “agreement” in the conflict over Iran’s “nuclear energy program”.

STOP THE BOMB spokeswoman Ulrike Becker comments: “The inviting MPs and the Foreign Office suggest that there is no threat of an Iranian nuclear weapons program any more. This is a deliberate deception of the public and the German Parliament. We also criticize that the Foreign Office has repeatedly participated in the invitation of the Iranian ambassador. German diplomacy is apparently working feverishly on the intensification of German-Iranian relations. While executions under Rohani have increased dramatically, the terror of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Syria continues and the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program are stuck, the German Foreign Office and the MP’s are eager to prepare new business deals and the normalization of relations. “

In an open letter to the inviting MP’s, STOP THE BOMB calls for the cancellation of the event. The letter states: “With such a meeting, you, the democratically elected representatives, repeatedly offer a propaganda platform to the officials of the Iranian dictatorship for their repressive policies, the justification for the persecution of dissidents and minorities and their anti-Semitism.”