3rd April 2014: At the Mini-Plenary session yesterday afternoon at the European Parliament in Brussels, Andrew Brons made the following contribution, under the Catch the Eye procedure, to a debate on the EU's relations with Iran.
"I am not an admirer of the Iranian Islamic Republic but there are many repressive countries in the world and many of these are the West's allies.
"Iran has been involved in only one war in recent decades - with Iraq - and it is widely accepted that Iraq was the instigator of that conflict. I cannot judge whether Iran has only a civil nuclear programme but the claims about Iraq proved to be unfounded.
"There is a certain irony in the fact that many of Iran's critics - the United States and Israel among them - have been involved in several conflicts and have nuclear weapons.
"I am sceptical about the foreign policy priorities of the United States, though the present administration has shown more restraint than its Republican predecessor. I am no supporter of the External Action Service or of the position of the High Representative. However, if an agreement between the United States and Iran, encouraged by Baroness Ashton, prevents conflict and normalises relations, it must be applauded."