Qashqavi: Execution of Iranian women to adversely affect Iran-Malaysia ties

Tehran, Oct 23, IRNA – Deputy Foreign Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Hassan Qashqavi, said on Wednesday that execution of two Iranian women in Malaysia would leave negative impacts on bilateral relations.

Qashqavi was quoted by the parliament website as saying that the main reason Iranians were pronounced guilty in Southeast Asia was possessing drugs.

He commented on current condition of Iranians jailed in the Asian and Malaysian jails and said unfortunately, major portion of the executions and imprisonment of Iranians in Southeast Asia are for possessing drugs and such an issue would not end up by execution of two Iranian girls.

He underlined that absolutely, the ruling for execution cannot be justifiable, adversely affecting Iranian relations with them.

“Execution of foreign nationals has always been a bad signal for bilateral relations and no government can claim overlooking mutual relations in doing such things.”

He deplored execution of two Iranian nationals in Malaysia and said, “Our advice to Malaysian government is that they must prevent such measures if they heed friendship and fraternity between Iran and Malaysia.”

He said following up case of Iranian prisoners in Malaysia is a routine job of the Foreign Ministry staff and officials.

He said that extradition of prisoners should fall within framework of mutual agreement and unfortunately no agreement to this effect has yet been signed between the two countries.

Qashqavi said that Iran has always been ready to ink agreement on extradition of prisoners, however, Malaysia has not usually felt any obligation in that regard.

Asked about resumption of consular relations between Iran and the UK, he said relations between the two countries are to resume at the level of non-resident charge d’affaires.

He said that preparations are underway to resume consular services for the UK-based Iranians at Iranian Embassy in London.

As for prospect of political and consular relations between Iran and Canada, he said talks and agreements took place between envoys of the two countries at the United Nations and Iran voiced its agreement with Oman Embassy being named as Iran’s interest section in Ottawa and Italian Embassy getting Canada’s interest section in Tehran.

Qashqavi said that Foreign Ministry is willing to arrange consular services for people of both Iran and Canada.

He said that about 450,000 Iranians live in Canada; so, the Foreign Ministry has formed specialized Canada desk to help solve problems of Iranian expatriates; however, the embassies are required to extend consular services.

He added that initial steps have been taken to determine the countries to be interest section of Iran and Canada.

Asked about Iranian diplomat kidnapped in Yemen and Foreign Ministry’s measures to that end, he said that Foreign Ministry has been in regular contact with the Yemeni officials over the past few months to follow up the case.

Qashqavi said that a special desk has been set up at the Yemeni Prime Minister office to look into the issue and hope for his freedom.