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Sweden-Iran ties strained even more after resolution to blacklist IRGC

Following the execution of Iranian-Swedish dual national Habib Chaab, the Swedish parliament adopted with an overwhelming majority a resolution calling to blacklist the IRGC.
Iranians burn a Swedish flag during a protest in Tehran on January 27, 2023 against the burning of a Koran in Stockholm. - Swedish-Danish far-right politician Rasmus Paludan set fire to a copy of the Muslim holy book in front of Turkey's embassy in the Swedish capital. Many Muslim countries have said they were outraged by the burning of the Koran, which Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson condemned as "deeply disrespectful". (Photo by AFP) (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

PARIS — In a further sign of strained bilateral relations, the Swedish parliament adopted on Wednesday a proposal by its Foreign Affairs Committee calling on the government to push an EU decision to blacklist the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The Swedish parliament urged the government in Stockholm to work for a consensus within the EU to list the IRGC as a terrorist organization. 

A similar resolution was adopted by the European Parliament in Brussels last January calling on EU leadership to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization. At the time, EU’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell argued that the EU can only proceed with such a move if at least one EU member country designates first the IRGC as such. European diplomats told Al-Monitor at the time that such a move was unlikely, as it would generate an immediate severing of ties on Iran’s part with the country in question. 

While not binding, the Swedish decision received large support from most of the parties in parliament. Still, the Swedish government is not expected to adopt the resolution and blacklist the IRGC. 

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