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Iran

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps at the United Nations he (a) has taken since July 2009 and (b) plans to take in the next six months on allegations of (i) arming and (ii) funding by Iran of Hamas; and if he will make a statement. (296558)

We take Iran's support, in the form of funding arms and training, to armed militants including Hamas very seriously.

We continue to work with international partners to urge Iran to play a more constructive role in the middle east region. We will continue to press for the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions which prohibit Iran from supplying or selling arms or related material.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department plan to have with governments of Arab states on the statements about Israel made by the President of Iran at the United Nations General Assembly; and if he will make a statement. (296566)

We have regular and ongoing dialogue at an official and political level with Arab states on wide range of regional issues including Iran.

The Government have consistently condemned the Iranian President's inflammatory comments about the State of Israel and his offensive statements about the Holocaust. Such rhetoric is a recipe for instability and only serves to undermine international confidence in Iran's willingness to act as a respectable member of the international community. We will continue to speak out in response to such deplorable and ignorant comments.