Shaking hands with the officials of the religious, terrorist dictatorship ruling Iran contradicts the fundamental principles of human rights and is against the highest interests of the Iranian people. This is a regime condemned 39 times by various bodies of the United Nations for its systematic violations of human rights and export of terrorism abroad.
This visit is also taking place at a time when popular protests and resistance inside Iran have escalated to a new level and the mullahs' regime does not enjoy any legitimacy with the Iranian people.
Representative office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Italy
January 6, 1997