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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Iranian foreign minister visit sparks EU Parliament outcry - Summary




Brussels - A visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki sparked an outcry Tuesday in the European Parliament in Brussels, with one lawmaker calling him "a murderer."
British conservative Struan Stevenson launched his verbal attack before Mottaki entered the foreign affairs committee for a closed-door hearing. He was holding a picture of Neda Agha Soltan, a student killed last year during demonstrations against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election.
A dozen centre-right deputies from Italy, Spain and Estonia took part in the protest, but all were unceremoniously pushed away by security to make space for Mottaki.
A brief tussle between EU lawmakers and the European Parliament's guards ensued, but no injuries were reported.

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