|Regional cooperation key to stability: Larijani||
TEHRAN – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has said that the best approach to promote stability in the Middle East is to establish close cooperation between regional countries and preventing foreign interference.
He made the remarks during a meeting with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Tuesday on the sidelines of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Larijani described Lebanon as a friendly and brotherly country that shares many cultural affinities with Iran.
In addition, he condemned the recent terrorist acts in the region and said, “Iran, alongside Lebanon, is opposed to any sponsorship of terrorists and terrorist acts in Syria.”
Berri, for his part, called for expansion of relations with Tehran and said that Iran has an influential role in resolving regional disputes.
He further called on regional countries to assign a high priority to the settlement of the Palestinian issue.
‘IP gas project to strengthen Tehran-Islamabad ties’
In a separate meeting with Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Pakistan’s National Assembly speaker, Larijani said that the implementation of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project will help expand relations between the two countries.
He also said that the officials of the two neighboring countries should make efforts to address terrorism as a major issue in the region.
Sadiq, for his part, called for practical measures to increase parliamentary relations between Tehran and Islamabad.
He also held separate meetings with the speaker of the Omani Advisory Council (Majlis A’Shura), Khalid bin Hilal bin Nasser al-Ma’awali, his Armenian counterpart Hovik Abrahamyan, and Kuwaiti Parliament speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim on the same day.
Nearly 1,200 participants, including nearly 600 MPs from 129 countries have participated in the IPU assembly, which has been held on October 7 through 9.
The assembly will address issues such as disarmament, children’s rights, the deliberate destruction of the world’s cultural heritage, and the Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian lands.
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