|Iranian president meets parliament speakers of OIC countries||
TEHRAN – Parliamentary speakers of several countries held separate talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (PUIC) meeting, which opened in Tehran on Tuesday.
In the meeting with Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek, Rouhani pointed to the agreements concluded between the two countries during Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s trip to Tehran on January 18 and expressed hope that the agreements would help improve bilateral relations.
Cicek said the expansion of Iran-Turkey relations would benefit the region and the entire Islamic world.
In his meeting with Pakistani National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Rouhani called for the improvement of the security situation in Pakistan, which he said would in effect provide more security along Pakistan’s border with Iran.
Rouhani expressed hope that an improvement of security in Pakistan would have a preemptive effect on terrorism.
He also stated that Iran is ready to cooperate with Pakistan in the campaign against terrorism.
Sadiq said Iran-Pakistan relations are positive and progressing and added that he is sure that economic relations between the two neighbors will continue to expand.
Rouhani also held separate meetings with the parliamentary speakers of Kuwait, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Azerbaijan, Uganda, and Malaysia.
Twenty-eight parliament speakers and parliamentary delegations from 19 other OIC member states are attending the PUIC conference, which ends on Wednesday.
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