Dutch Iran Committee wants boycott of Iran Oil Show
The Iran Committee wants Dutch businesses to boycott the Iran Oil Show which is scheduled to be held from 16 to 19 April in Tehran. The Committee says their participation would undermine EU sanctions against the Iranian regime.
The Iran Committee is a foundation created by Dutch citizens concerned about the government’s Iran policy. At the Oil Show, business in the energy sector will be given an opportunity to present themselves and gain access to the Iranian market. The Oil Show’s website list seven Dutch businesses as either attending or being represented by a third party. Also on the list of participants are a large number of businesses from Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and China.
Filling state coffers Iran Committee chairman Frank van Dalen argues that doing business with the Iranian regime equals funding oppression of the Iranian people as well as the regime’s nuclear programme and state-sponsored terrorism.
Propaganda tool The Committee also says that participation by Western businesses will be used as a propaganda tool to prove to its people it’s not being isolated by the international community. Oil Minister Massoud Mirkazemi, has even said that the presence of international businesses is proof that the sanctions are ineffective.
© Radio Netherlands Worldwide