The European Parliament called on the European Union to add the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps to its list of terrorist organizations as part of a larger resolution it passed against Iran.
Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen welcomed the European Parliament’s decision, which passed with an overwhelming majority of 598 in favor and nine against.
The European Parliament is expected to pass another resolution dealing with Iran, including a call to declare the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization.
“Iran is a terrorist state that exports terrorism to the Middle East, Europe and the entire world,” Cohen said in a statement he issued from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he has been meeting with diplomats, including from the EU.
“I thank the people of the Foreign Affairs Ministry at the Israeli embassies in Europe and the Israeli Embassy in Brussels … for their efforts in this regard.”
He has also held calls with his European counterparts since taking office at the start of this month.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday she backed listing Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization to respond to the “trampling” of “fundamental human rights” in the country.