The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom (BPCIF) condemns the brutal and callous terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13. We extend our condolences to all those who lost loved ones and our hearts go out to the French people.

As Prime Minister David Cameron said, “The British and French people stand together, as we have so often before in our history when confronted by evil.

This terrorist attack was a cowardly assault  on innocent civilians, targeting our free society, our principles and our way of life. These threats manifested themselves in the form of Daesh yesterday,  but the source of the problem is the Islamic fundamentalism that has held  millions of people hostage in the Middle East for decades and now threatens our free and open societies.

This threat will grow if the Assad regime and its principal backers, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard,  are allowed to continue the indiscriminate killings in Syria that have made the country a hotbed for the emergence of extremist groups such as  Daesh.

In the aftermath of this horrific tragedy, Europe and the West must stand united in their efforts to confront the threat of religious fundamentalism. Ultimately, the solution cannot be found only in a military response; instead, the West should support and engage those modern and democratic voices in and from the region, who strive for a more tolerant and democratic Middle East that renounces and rejects the notion of religious dictatorship sustained by the export of terrorism and the imposition of domestic repression.

Rt Hon. David Jones MP

British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom

14 November 2015