Rep. Weber Leads Colleagues Urging Belgian Parliament to Reject Prisoner Swap with Iran
Washington, July 6, 2022
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14) delivered a letter this week to Prime Minster Alexander De Croo of Belgium urging the Belgian Parliament to reject any deal between that government and the Islamic Republic of Iran that would return the terrorist, Asadollah Assadi – or any other convicted Iranian terrorist—to Iran.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14) delivered a letter this week to Prime Minister Alexander De Croo of Belgium urging the Belgian Parliament to reject any deal between that Government and the Islamic Republic of Iran that would return the terrorist, Asadollah Assadi – or any other convicted Iranian terrorist—to Iran.
Earlier this Congress, 254 Representatives—both Democrats and Republicans—co-sponsored House Resolution 118, expressing support for the Iranian people’s desire for a democratic, secular, and nonnuclear Republic of Iran and condemning violations of human rights and state-sponsored terrorism by the Iranian Government. One such example of Iran’s state-sponsored terrorism was further highlighted in the text of that resolution: Asadollah Assadi’s plot, at the behest of the terroristic regime in Tehran, to blow up a peaceful gathering of dissidents and democracy advocates in Paris, France, on June 30, 2018.
“I was shocked to find out that the Belgian Government has cut a deal with the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism and plans to send Iranian terrorists back to Iran to plot more terroristic acts,” said Rep. Weber. “This absurd agreement will soon go before the Belgian Parliament for approval. And now, given the imminent danger of this wrong-headed proposal, we want to sound the alarm that it must not happen.”
The full letter is available here.
The letter was signed by Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Lance Gooden (TX-05), Tom McClintock (CA-04), Mike Garcia (CA-25), Neal P. Dunn, M.D. (FL-02), Brian Babin (TX-36), Jake Ellzey (TX-06), Greg Steube (FL-17), French Hill (AK-02), Young Kim (CA-39), and Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18).