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Last updated: 2003-02-05

In view of the visit of the Iranian Foreign Minister for talks with the Prime Minister tomorrow, the Board of Deputies has sent the Foreign Office a memorandum outlining the Jewish community’s concerns. The paper has also been sent to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee which is launching an inquiry into Iran.

The paper prepared by the Community Security Trust and the Board draws attention to Iran’s role as the leading state sponsor of terrorism. It highlights Iran’s funding and support for Middle East groups attacking Israel, including Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad as well as the Palestinian Authority.

Board Director General Neville Nagler commented: “Iran is a major source of international terrorism. We have accepted the British government’s policy of “constructive engagement” with Iran following the resumption of diplomatic relations. But Iran remains a vicious regime where minority communities suffer harassment and intimidation. Iran has sheltered members of Al Qaeda and instigated terror attacks against Israel and Jewish targets overseas. We call on the British government to condemn Iranian support for and involvement in terrorism.”