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European Parliament visit to Iran cancelled

Published on Oct 27, 2012 7:43 PM

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - Iran has cancelled a European Parliament delegation visit to Teheran after the group asked to meet two Iranian activists awarded a top EU rights prize, a parliament spokesman said today.

The decision came after senior officials at the parliament, which yesterday awarded its Sakharov prize for human rights and freedom of thought to human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and filmmaker Jafar Panahi, said they wanted the delegation to meet the two activists.

"After hearing the new conditions, the Iranians decided to cancel," European Parliament spokeswoman Satu Helin told Reuters. The delegation was set to travel to Teheran from Oct. 27 to Nov. 2.

Iran's Mehr news agency quoted an Iranian parliamentary official as saying the European delegation had stated as a"precondition" a visit with Sotoudeh and Panahi.

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