National Iranian American Council (NIAC) Policy Director Jamal Abdi issued the following statement regarding Senate Iran sanctions bill, S.1881:
“In the face of overwhelming support for diplomacy, Senator Menendez and AIPAC have halted their push for new sanctions that would torpedo negotiations. Congress has heard the message loud and clear that the American people, including Iranian Americans, do not want another war and instead support U.S.-Iran diplomacy.
“What happens in the next six months between the U.S. and Iran could define the Middle East for the next twenty years. Now is the time for everyone who sincerely supports a peaceful resolution rather than a war to focus on supporting diplomacy, securing a final deal, and lifting sanctions that punish ordinary Iranians.
“NIAC has consistently supported diplomacy and opposed broad sanctions and welcomes the historic developments underway. NIAC applauds its members and supporters who, in just the past month, sent thousands of letters, organized visits to 32 Senate offices across the country, and led over a dozen phone banks to ensure this bill would not move forward.
“NIAC commends President Obama, the twenty-five Senators who came out publicly in opposition to this bill, and the diverse coalition of organizations who have all been working intensely to advance U.S.-Iran diplomacy and secure a peaceful resolution to this decades-long standoff.”
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of the Iranian-American community. We accomplish our mission by supplying the resources, knowledge and tools to enable greater civic participation by Iranian Americans and informed decision-making by policymakers.