Israel is less than enthusiastic about the European Union’s decision to send a high-level representative to attend the swearing-in of Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi on Thursday
On Monday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lior Hayat tweeted: “The decision of the European Union to send a senior representative to the swearing-in ceremony of the ‘Butcher of Tehran’ is puzzling and shows poor judgment.”
Iran has denied responsibility for the attack, although the United States and the United Kingdom both pin the blame on Tehran.
Earlier on Monday, a spokesman for the Iranian parliament reported that 115 senior officials from 73 countries would be attending the swearing-in ceremony.
“Ten presidents, 20 parliament speakers, 11 foreign ministers, 10 other ministers, as well as representatives of presidents, vice presidents and parliamentary delegations will all come,” said the spokesman, adding that another 11 leaders of international and regional organizations, including the United Nations, OPEC and the European Union would also be in attendance.
This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.