Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, interviewed himself yesterday (on Monday) with the President of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani, to whom he offered Spanish Government’s cooperation to bring their foreign relations back to normal.
After referring both of them to the new age of relationships with USA, the Minister told Larijani, who was visiting Spain after the Security Conference in Munich, about the oportunity Iran has to play a constructive role in international relations ( 😯 ).
Lariyani called USA to begin “clearly and evidently” a true dialogue, while saying his country is not going to “negotiate by the sake of negotiating, but to arrive to a definitive conclusion“.
via La Nueva España – Diario Independiente de Asturias – Internacional – España ofrece a Irán ayuda para normalizar sus relaciones exteriores.
According to Teheran Times:
“Spain is ready to act as a bridge in building conference in relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the European Union by using all its potential,” Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero told visiting Iranian Majlis speaker Ali Larijani on Monday. 😯
Zapatero also stressed that Madrid is fully prepared to develop constructive cooperation with the Iran in all areas.
The Spanish socialist leader also called for efforts to help stabilize Iraq and Afghanistan and launch an effective campaign against terrorism and drug trafficking.
The two sides also discussed bilateral ties including energy cooperation.
Spain will “welcome” any idea which would lead to “constructive dialogue” between Iran and the 27-nation European bloc, the prime minister noted.
Turning to Palestine, the Spanish prime minister said, “All should make efforts for Palestinian unity.”
For his part, Larijani said, “The return of calm to Palestine is mainly dependent on opening all border crossings into Gaza and involving all Palestinians groups in negotiations”. “No group should be excluded”… (No, not even Hamas, how playful this Iranian, eh? 😦 )
So, Zapatero was not even able to get a seat at Washington’s “Financial World Summit” last autumn, but promising “whatever you ask for” to Sarkozy, like a lover in a “private” moment. And he is now (through our elegant FM Moratinos) promising “help”
to the Ayatollahs…
If I were them, I would be very worried….
But meanwhile, Iran has sentenced 4 bloggers to total 124 lashes (something which has not appeared either in Spanish MSM… 😦 ):
The verdict refers to defense arguments put forward by Shirin Ebadi, Mohammad Seifzadeh, Nasreen Sotudeh and Nemat Ahmadi (who represented the four bloggers individually) as “unconvincing defense by attorneys” and announces that in accordance with “defendants’ confessions” and “evidence presented in the case” the following verdicts are issued for the four defendants: first defendant Javad Gholam Tamimi is sentenced to 3 years and 3 months in prison and 10 lashes for “membership in illegal groups,” “treason against country,” “propaganda against regime” and “spreading lies;” second defendant Shahram Rafizadeh is sentenced to 9 months in prison and 20 lashes for “membership in illegal groups,” “propaganda against regime,” “spreading lies” and “disrupting public order;” third defendant Rouzbeh Mir Ebrahimi is sentenced to 2 years and 2 days in prison and 84 lashes for “membership in illegal groups,” “propaganda against regime,” “insulting supreme leader,” “spreading lies” and “disrupting public order;” and fourth defendant Omid Memarian is sentenced to 2.5 years in prison, 10 lashes and 500 thousand Tomans in fines for “membership in illegal groups,” “participation in illegal groups,” “propaganda against regime,” “spreading lies” and “possession of playing cards,” which the judge refers to as “gambling tools.”
Related in this blog: Ali Larijani visits Spain.