Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South) (Con): I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Basildon and Billericay (Mr Baron) on his courage. I fear that my conclusions might mean that I cannot go through the Lobby with him, which is saddening. May I also pay tribute to Lord Corbett of Castle Vale, who sadly died very recently? He was a great contributor to debates on Iran, and I know that many Members of this House would wish to join me in saying how greatly he will be missed.
This is an opportune moment to consider Iran. The conduct and ambitions of the Government of Iran run counter to our interests and to the peace and security of the region. We must not lose sight of that fact. We therefore need a credible and sustainable response, and our actions should be based on the most up-to-date information and analysis. To my knowledge, that has sadly not been the case in the Foreign Office over the past 15 years—indeed,
BPCIF celebrated the Iranian New Year, Nowrouz, in Parliament on Wednesday 14 March 2012. Nowrouz coincides with spring equinox and is celebrated by over 300 million people around the world. In October 2009 Nowrouz was officially registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Ladies and Gentlemen my friends
It is a great privilege and a pleasure of course to join you all today in celebrating this Persian New Year. This festival of New Years brings with it the arrival of spring, new life and new hope for the coming year. I think you know that it is time when we have to remind ourselves of those friends of ours some of
BPCIF: MPs and Peers announced at a press conference in the House of Commons on 31 January 2012 that Iraq must end its suppression of some 3,300 Iranian refugees - members of the opposition PMOI - residing at Camp Ashraf and the United Nations refugee agency must immediately begin its work at the camp to voluntarily relocate residents to third countries.
Iraq must end its suppression of some 3,300 Iranian refugees - members of the opposition PMOI - residing at Camp Ashraf and the United Nations refugee agency must immediately begin its work at the camp to voluntarily relocate residents to third countries,
Lord Corbett of Castle Vale: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran about allegations of support from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp to sympathisers of the Taliban, arms smugglers and criminal gangs in Afghanistan.