Iran criticizes EU for meddling in internal affairs

TEHRAN, Iran Thursday criticized the European Union for allegedly interferring in the Islamic Republic’s internal affairs, when the EU urged security forces to exercise maximum restraint when dealing with protests.

European officials’ statements over protests in Iran are “interference in Iran’s internal affairs,” foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mosavi said in a statement.

Instead of “defending the saboteurs of public and private properties in Iran,” he said, the Europeans should explain its failure to honor commitments towards the Iranian people.

The (EU) called on Iran’s security forces to exercise maximum restraint in handling the protests and for protestors to demonstrate peacefully.

“Any violence is unacceptable. The rights to freedom of expression and assembly must be guaranteed,” said Maja Kocijancic, EU spokesperson for foreign and security policy, in a statement.

“Socio-economic challenges should be addressed through inclusive dialogue and not through the use of violence,” she said.

Source: Kuwait News Agency