The German foreign affairs ministry sent representatives to Iran’s embassy in Berlin to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of the Islamic Republic of Iran—a regime in Tehran that frequently urges the destruction of the Jewish state and spreads Holocaust denial.
The German mass circulation daily Bild reported on Tuesday that foreign ministry state secretary Niels Annen, from the social democratic party, and an official from the Iran desk at the ministry attended the pro-mullah regime event.
Bild wrote the foreign ministry said it sent officials to the Iranian embassy to keep “dialogue channels” open. Germany has long been Iran’s most important trade partner within the EU.
The foreign policy spokesman of the Free Democratic Party in the Bundestag, Bijan Djir-Sarai told the Bild
“The fact that a representative of the Federal Government participates in celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution of the Iranian embassy is embarrassing.” He added “A certain distance would have been helpful here. It is a mystery to me which message the Federal Government wanted to set with this performance. ”
The Jerusalem Post sent a media query to German foreign minister Heiko Maas regarding his ministry’s presence at the pro-Iran regime celebration. Maas, a member of the social democratic party, claims he went into politics “because of Auschwitz.”
German Jews accuse Maas of failing to internalize the lesson of the Holocaust with his robust support of Iran’s regime.
Iran’s regime is the leading international state-sponsor of terrorism, according to the US Department of State. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration, which has declared Israel’s security to be “non-negotiable,” refuses to join US sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
The timing of Annen’s visit coincides with Iranian Brig. Gen. Yadollah Javani saying to Iran’s state-controlled IRNA news agency regarding an American attack on Iran: “But if they attack us, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”
According to the Bild article, Annen did criticize Iran’s genocidal antisemitic threats against Israel at the celebration. Annen has faced criticism in Germany and in the United States for his anti-Americanism. Maas opted not to attend the US-led conference in Warsaw today to blunt Iranian jingoism. He sent Annen instead, who is known as an energetic defender of the controversial Iran nuclear deal, to represent Germany. German foreign ministry officials have oft participated in events calling for the destruction of Israel. In 2017, former German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel, a member of the social democratic party,welcomed an Iranian religious leader who called for the elimination of Israel at the annual al-Quds rally in Berlin.
In 2008, Gabriel’s Social Democratic Party colleague and current president of the Federal Republic, Frank-Walter Steinmeier (then-foreign minister), sponsored an event at the Foreign Ministry to address “common solutions” in the Middle East. Iran’s former deputy foreign minister, Muhammad Javad Ardashir Larijani, called at the event for the “Zionist project” to be “canceled” and said that Israel “has failed miserably and has only caused terrible damage to the region.”