TEHRAN – The predestined meeting of the Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani, and German Economy Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, was cancelled without providing an official explanation for this cancellation. While the head of news in Parliament announced, this meeting was not on the agenda from the beginning and denied any preplanned meeting.

One day before cancellation, Sadeq Larijani, the head of Iran’s judiciary, criticised Gabriel for his comments over recognition of Israel’s rights by Islamic Republic of Iran. “If I were in the government’s position or in the foreign minister’s shoes I would never let such a person step in Iran,” he said.

Iran, after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, cut all diplomatic and commercial ties with Israel, and does not recognise the legitimacy of Israel as a state.

Prior to his two-day official trip to Tehran, German Vice Chancellor had reiterated that Iran has to recognize and accept Israel’s right to exist for normalization of Iran’s ties with Germany and avoids its divisive behavior in Syria. His criticism over the violation of human rights in Iran, was not the Iranian government’s cup of tea too.

The Spokesman of the Government, Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, stated: “Gabriel said his remarks about Berlin’s ‘preconditions’ for Iran’s stance on Israel have been distorted”.

“No country can set preconditions for Iran. We live with our beliefs. Tehran will never recognise Israel”, he added.

“Gabriel was received an appropriate backlash by Iranian authorities for his clavers”, the Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of parliament, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said.

Concurrent with his visit, Iranian media had written that “Do not let a friend of Zionists comes to our country”.

Despite of the harsh criticism, Sigmar Gabriel, arrived in Tehran on Sunday as part of Germany’s efforts to revive business ties with the Islamic Republic following the last year’s nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers that eased international sanctions in exchange for curbs to Tehran’s nuclear program.

Aida Amir Aslani, Correspondent (Asia: Middle East)

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