[In this footage, former foreign minister of Italy says that the nuclear deal with Iran has had no positive impacts on democracy in Iran. He stresses that Iran’s civil society must be supported to create changes in the country.]
–I would like to ask you if the nuclear deal has boosted democracy in Iran, or it has had an adverse impact.
Former Italian Foreign Minister says: The truth is that after the nuclear deal and during the presidency of President Rouhani, there have been 3,500 cases of execution and suppression has escalated as well. So obviously there has been no change. Iranian civil society, with 80 million people, is young and full of energy and possibilities. Iran is a country that is thirsty for globalization, and it is not only wonderful but exciting that in such a society, there are still liberal forces who risk their lives every day for creating changes while being tortured and humiliated.
Former Italian Foreign Minister continues: Iranians are fighting for a free society, and here I should mention Iran’s Resistance Movement, led by Maryam Rajavi, that, openly and in any possible way, emphasizes on principles of a new Iran – a kind of manifesto in which there is an emphasis on equality of men and women, opposition to weapons of mass destruction, political freedom and freedom of the press.
Former Italian Foreign Minister adds: And at least 5 million Iranians who are committed to these principles are active outside Iran. And we should help them. Opposition to weapons of mass destruction, political freedom, and freedom of the press are emphasized, and at least 5 million Iranians who are committed to these principles are active outside Iran. And we should help them. We should help the civil society to create changes in Iran. We should not help mullahs’ regime in suppressing this civil movement.