Baghdad, Jan 24, IRNA – Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Saturday that countries suffering from terrorism need to be helped so that they can step out of crisis.
He made the comments upon arriving in Iraqi capital’s airport heading a delegation to attend the 11th Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union (IIPU) conference.
Upon his arrival at the airport, Larijani and his entourage were received by Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri and a number of parliamentarians.
He said the IIPU conference in Baghdad is an opportunity for consultations and help settle problems of the Islamic countries.
Larijani also said that participants are scheduled to discuss internal and general issues which relate to IIPU’s procedural matters as well as major regional issues.
‘In the current conference, discussions mostly relate to recent crises including terrorism and how to solve it and help countries out of it,’ he added citing the crisis in Syria as one of the ‘hot issue of the day’ to be raised.
The Iranian speaker also said that during his stay in Baghdad he will meet Iraqi officials to negotiate with them bilateral and regional issues.
‘Iraq is our friendly, brotherly, and neighboring country and important issues have connected our interests,’ said Larijani.
‘Iran has been beside the Iraqi nation ever since Iraq was entangled in different crises in the recent two decades. Expansion of bilateral relations and assisting the government and people of Iraq to settle the country’s problems are being considered,’ he added.
The conference kicked off on the premises of the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad on Wednesday (January 20) at the level of legislators. The conference will continue by January 25 at the level of parliament speakers.
It will discuss major regional issues, especially terrorism and issues of security concern.
A number of countries in the Persian Gulf region such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain are not taking part which are target of sharp criticism.