(Persia Digest) - An Iranian MP has criticized the Supreme National Security Council for complaining against the MPs requesting talks with the US.
“In my opinion, this is a violation of the constitution. Everyone should be free to express their opinions,” said Ali Motahari, an influential Iranian MP, to Ensaf News about the Supreme National Security Council's resolution for a ban on speaking about talks with the United States.
“If we were to create such an atmosphere, it would be an atmosphere of oppression that is incompatible with our constitution. In my opinion, the Supreme National Security Council's resolution is a void one and their objection is not valid; this matter [talks with the US] can be debated and everyone can give their opinions, but the regime's policy is also clear; we should not mix the two,” he added.
“MPs can speak on all issues concerning the country under Articles 84 and 86 of the constitution and we cannot restrict them at all,” Motahari said about the restrictions that this resolution of the National Security Council could impose on MPs.
Persia Digest (PD) reports that in recent days it was announced that the Supreme National Security Council has complained against two MPs who had asked about talks with the United States in press interviews.
The meeting of the Supervisory Board on Conduct of Members in Parliament was held on Tuesday 30 July. Explanations offered on their comments by the two MPs, Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh and Eilas Hazrati, against whom the Supreme National Security Council had brought a complaint were considered in the line of duty and the case was closed.