August 22, 2012The Prime Minister must immediately cancel the proposed visit to Iran by Australia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gary Quinlan and the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy Joanna Hewitt.
Australia currently imposes a comprehensive range of sanctions against Iran due to its ongoing pursuit of nuclear technology and its failure to comply with inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
These sanctions are part of an international effort to isolate Iran.
In addition to concerns about its nuclear program, Iran’s leaders continue to make bellicose statements with regard to Israel and the regime has been an active sponsor of terrorist organisations around the world.
Iranian officials will use any visit of senior officials to next week’s meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran to claim greater international legitimacy.
If the visit goes ahead it will be another example of the Labor Government compromising longstanding foreign policy principles in pursuit of votes for its campaign for a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council.
This campaign cannot justify any action that potentially undermines the international effort to convince Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions and its suspected drive to obtain nuclear weapons.