Iran’s Larijani urges IPU states to pay due attention to Palestine issue

Press TV – Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani has highlighted the significance of the issue of Palestine for Muslims, calling on the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to serve as the “clear voice” of the Palestinian nation amid the challenges facing the Islamic world.

Larijani made the remarks in a meeting with the IPU’s Secretary-General Martin Chungong in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, on Monday.

“The IPU must be a clear voice for Palestine because Palestine is being ignored amid the chaos gripping the Muslim world,” Larijani told Chungong.

Heading a parliamentary delegation, Larijani arrived in Belgrade to participate in the 141st IPU assembly, scheduled for October 13-17. The event is attended by parliamentary delegations from around 180 countries.

The Iranian parliament speaker further called for enhanced economic ties among Muslim countries, saying that Muslims should take advantage of the IPU’s potentials in this regard.

Chungong, for his part, briefed Larijani on the performance of the IPU, which is based in Tehran, saying several committees would be activated in the year ahead, with their focus on unemployment, human rights, terrorism and extremism.

Established in 1889, the Inter-Parliamentary Union works for peace, cooperation and the establishment of democracy in close contact with the United Nations.