Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has cancelled a dinner meeting planned for tonight with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Vienna over meetings she had with human rights and opposition activists during her visit to Iran earlier this month. (Fars News Agency/AFP.)
The cancelation of the scheduled dinner in Vienna, as reported by Fars, was intended to protest Ashton's “uncoordinated meetings in Tehran,” a reference to her meeting with female human rights activists; including Nasrin Sotoudeh, a human rights lawyer who has represented members of the Iranian opposition, and for which she has been imprisoned herself.
Zarif who has said he was ready to talk to members of opposition in Syria, and regularly meet with opposition parties in Western Europe, cannot accept that any foreign politician could meet with the Iran’s opposition. The Iranian government apparently believes either there is no opposition inside the country, or wished that the problem went away. But it doesn’t work that way!
File photo: EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton (L) and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at a joint press conference. (AFP)