Thursday, February 11, 2010


Ivan Lewis MP, Minister of State for the Middle East, received an emergency petition on Iran in Parliament today. The petition, signed by 4000 supporters of Christian Friends of Israel, begged the Government to strengthen sanctions against Iran.
“We urge Ministers to press the enforcement of UN Resolution 1696 and require Iran to unconditionally stop enriching uranium, to open all its facilities to monitoring by IAEA, and to stop funding terrorist groups including Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and Hamas.”
The Minister told Geoffrey Smith, Director of Christian Friends of Israel (CFI) who organised the petition, that the UK Government is increasingly concerned by nuclear development in Iran and actively engaged in raising international support on this issue. “This strengthens our case,” he said.
The petitions were signed by members of CFI from churches in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Their concern is that once Teheran has enriched its supplies of uranium to 20% it could bar the inspectors and produce weapons grade uranium in a matter of months. They urged the Minister to press governments in the EU to co-ordinate action and impose a new round of tougher sanctions for the sake of regional peace.
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