Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann (64, FDP) criticized the Iranian participation in the Medica fair.
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The FDP politician Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann (64) has criticized the participation of Iranian companies in the Medica medical fair in Düsseldorf.

Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann (64, FDP) criticized the Iranian participation in the Medica fair. © Michael Kappeler/dpa

Messe Düsseldorf is one of the most successful trade fair locations and stands for open-mindedness and tolerance, Strack-Zimmermann told the German Press Agency on Saturday.

“The fact that Iran’s criminal regime can advertise itself and its business unhindered there, at Medica, the world’s largest trade fair for medical technology, is absurd.”

This must be ended immediately. Strack-Zimmermann, a member of the Bundestag from Düsseldorf, chairs the Defense Committee of the Bundestag and is a council member in the state capital.

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Almost 4500 companies from 69 countries presented their products at the trade fair (November 14th to 17th). According to the exhibition company, 22 companies came from Iran. The city of Düsseldorf is the majority shareholder of the exhibition company.

“We are bound by the sanctions of the European Union, which currently only affect certain economic sectors as well as companies and people,” said Erhard Wienkamp, ​​Managing Director of the Exhibition Center, when asked by the dpa.

“As far as we know, none of the companies exhibiting with us have been subject to such a sanction.” Existing contracts cannot be terminated as long as the companies are not subject to sanctions.

The trade fair took place in Düsseldorf until Thursday.

The trade fair took place in Düsseldorf until Thursday. © Roberto Pfeil/dpa

Due to the size and so-called “strong market position” of the world’s leading trade fairs in Düsseldorf, excluded companies could sue for the events for reasons of competition law.

“Should new sanctions come into force, this situation could change.” As Managing Director, Wienkamp is responsible for the operative trade fair business at Messe Düsseldorf.

“We are following the events in Iran with concern,” Wienkamp continued. He emphasized that they contradicted the mission and values ​​of the Messe Düsseldorf group of companies.

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Strack-Zimmermann called for consequences: “It must be clarified how this approval came about and who is responsible for it.”

It cannot be tolerated that a regime that tramples on human rights and kills women arbitrarily can advertise itself in liberal Düsseldorf, said the FDP politician. The Cologne City Gazette reported.

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