Belgium: first parliamentary vote approves controversial treaty with Iran

A controversial Belgian-Iranian treaty, allowing the two countries the mutual transfer of convicted persons, was approved on Wednesday July 6 by a committee of the Belgian Parliament thanks to the support of the elected representatives of the majority, indicated deputies to AFP.

To enter into force, the text must now be submitted to the House in plenary session, perhaps as early as Thursday, according to these sources. This treaty has been strongly denounced by Iranian opponents in exile, who see it as an open door to the surrender to Tehran of an Iranian diplomat sentenced in 2021 in Belgium to 20 years in prison in a terrorist case.

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