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Iran: Terrorism

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the role of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the funding and support of terrorism in the Middle East; in which countries IRGC members are known to be active in this way; and if she will make a statement. (136493)

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is an official organisation of the Iranian Government. We remain deeply concerned that Iran is undermining the prospects for stability, peace and democracy in the region. Iran continues to support those engaged in acts of terrorism, including arming and financing groups which have no regard for securing a peaceful Middle East. We firmly believe that Iran should co-operate fully with the rest of the international community against international terrorism, as required by UN Security Council Resolution 1373 and subsequent Resolutions, including 1701 and 1747. Iran has underlined its commitment to counter terrorism. We look to it to turn words into deeds.