Parl. to act on Leader’s directives for accession to CFT

TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) – Ali Larijani said Thu. that Iran’s Parliament will act according to Ayatollah Khamenei’s directives about the country’s accession to AFTF’s bill on Convention for the Suppression of Financing of Terrorism.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Parliament Speaker Larijani noted the remarks made by Leader of Islamic Revolution on June 20 with regard to Iran’s decision on accession to AFTF’s bill on Convention for the Suppression of Financing of Terrorism.

“We will definitely discuss this issue with the Leader and ask for his opinion and act according to his directives,” Larijani said.

Ayatollah Khamenei on Wed. called on Parliament to pass domestic laws on money laundering and combating terrorism instead of signing up to international conventions.

His comments came as the Parliament has been divided on Iran’s accession to the Convention for the Suppression of Financing of Terrorism – an FATF bill that would help Iran get off the blacklist of the global money laundering watchdog, but might impose limitations on the country.

“Major powers define these conventions to suit their own interests, while other countries, whether in approval or fear, pass them as their own domestic laws,” Ayatollah Khamenei said Wed., adding that the solution that the Parliament needs to adopt is to pass its own laws on FATF considerations.

Meanwhile, Spokesman for Parliament National Security Commission Naghavi Hosseini said Iran’s accession to CFT is “off the table”, citing Leader’s remarks.

“The solution is what we did about the bills on combating money laundering and financing terrorism; that is, we need to extract our intended items from the convention and compile them in a new law to evaluate in the Parliament,” he added.

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