HL Deb 14 December 1999 vol 608 cc24-5WA
Lord Hylton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the recent closure of three newspapers and the conviction of Mr Abdollah Nouri, editor and Tehran City councillor, by a Clerical Court, have altered their appreciation of the current situation in Iran. [HL260]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

The EU Presidency expressed concern about these issues on behalf of ourselves and our EU partners during the latest round of EU/Iran talks on 1 December. We continue to follow events in Iran closely in the run-up to February's Majles (Parliament) elections. Our policy of engagement with Iran will continue and we will use the opportunities this affords to raise our concerns with the Iranians.

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