TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani hailed the stance of his Irish counterpart Sean Barret on the restoration of peace and security to the Middle East.
“Ireland is a member of the European Union and because EU’s stances on peace-seeking issues are closer to reality, I explained the nuclear issues for the Irish speaker,” Larijani said, addressing a joint press conference with his Irish counterpart in Tehran on Tuesday.
He expressed the hope that the visit of the Irish parliament speaker and his meetings with senior Iranian officials would result in the further expansion of the two countries’ relations.
Larijani told reporters that during his meeting with Barret, they discussed important issues, specially combatting terrorism.
Barret, for his part, pointed to the status quo of Iran-Ireland relations, and said, “I had good negotiations with Dr. Larijani on nuclear issues.”
The speaker of the Irish Lower House of Parliament arrived in Tehran on Tuesday to discuss bilateral ties with senior Iranian officials.
Politically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland, which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, a part of Britain which covers the remainder and is located in the Northeast of the island.
The population of Ireland is approximately 6.4 million.
On Saturday, Iranian and Irish parliamentarians explored new avenues for widening and deepening of Tehran-Dublin ties.
In a meeting between Iranian delegation headed by Chairman of Iran-Ireland Parliamentary Friendship Group Javad Heravi and Chairman of the Oireachtas (Irish National Parliament) Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee Pat Breen in Dublin, the two sides underlined the impotence of expanding parliamentary relations as a base for enhancement of all-out relations.
Heravi, in the meeting, underscored that the cooperation among the global and regional countries would play a pivotal role in preventing the spread of terrorism as well as narcotic-trafficking.
Ireland has always been recognized as a peace-lover and neutral county in the international equation, he added.
Breen, for his part, underscored that the Islamic Republic of Iran plays a vital role in regional equations.
With several thousand years of civilization, Iran could help establish peace and tranquility in the entire region, he added.
Iran, on many occasions, has stressed that expansion of ties with friendly states stands atop its foreign policy’s agenda.
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