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Iran Lawmaker Talks of New ME Chapter

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, Feb 21 (ICANA) – Senior Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi says the wave of Islamic awakening among Muslim nations will open a new chapter in regional developments.
Monday, February 21, 2011 1:00:13 PM
Iran Lawmaker Talks of New ME Chapter

In a meeting with Singapore's newly-appointed Ambassador to Tehran Ong Keng Yong, the head of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission described paying attention to the demands of nations as necessary for establishing regional peace and stability. Referring to the recent regional developments, Boroujerdi said, “The policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is to preserve stability and peace, and to strengthen security in the region.” Ong also stressed the importance of “Iran's role in establishing peace” and ending the “current situation in the region,” expressing hope that Tehran's active diplomacy would be able to find a solution for the regional crisis. On Sunday, the pro-democracy uprising in Bahrain entered its eighth day, as protesters took to the streets to protest against the government's dictatorial policies. The development came as waves of pro-democracy protests are spreading across the Middle East after the collapses of the regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. The magnitude of the protests in Bahrain is unprecedented in the history of the kingdom and efforts by authorities to quell them have so far been ineffective. The government has violently cracked down on demonstrators demanding an end to the monarchy. So far at least six people have been killed and hundreds of others wounded. The troops who have opened fire on Bahraini protesters are reportedly all foreigners granted Bahraini citizenship by the government. Pro-democracy protests in Yemen started on February 11. At least 10 protesters have been killed and many others left injured during clashes with the security forces. Protesters, who have taken to the streets in Sana'a and other major cities, are demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh, who has been in power for 33 years, announced last week that he would leave power after his term expires in 2013. He also promised not to hand power to his son. Also in Libya protesters have been taking to the streets since Thursday calling on 40-year-plus rule of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Hospital officials in Libya estimate that the countrywide death toll may be close to 300, with at least 20 protesters killed overnight. Rights groups say there is a rising death toll from clashes between pro-democracy protesters and security forces in Libya. The regime of the Libyan leader has blocked websites and cut off electricity in some areas in an attempt to control protests.

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