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.