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Italy Eager to Expand Iran Ties: MP

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, Feb 27 (ICANA) – A member of Iranian parliament says Italian officials are eager to expand bilateral relations with Iran, including strengthening of economic and financial relations.
Sunday, February 27, 2011 11:55:40 AM
Italy Eager to Expand Iran Ties: MP

Mohammad Mahdi Shahryari, member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission made the statement in comments about a recent visit to Italy by a senior Iranian parliamentary delegation headed by the Commission Chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi. Shahryari said during the visit, the two sides had discussed bilateral ties, as well as important regional and international issues. The Italian foreign minister who received the Iranian MPs in Rome, praised Iran's efforts to restore stability in Afghanistan and its anti-narcotics campaign in particular. "Iran and Italy can boost their cooperation in fighting drug trafficking and terrorism in Afghanistan," Franco Frattini said. Frattini also called for cooperation of other countries with Iran in fighting drug trafficking. Iran has for long led international efforts to fight this social scourge, ranking first among states striving to prevent the entry of drugs on or through their territory. The United Nations credits Iran with the seizure of 80 percent of the opium netted around the world. Boroujerdi told reporters after the meeting that they held talks over the crisis in Afghanistan, noting that a memorandum of understanding between Iran and Italy for cooperating in post-war reconstruction in Afghanistan is now in its final stages. "We also reviewed human rights issues. I was pleased that he [Frattini] clearly voiced his opposition to double standards when it comes to human rights issues," he stated. "The visit of the Iranian parliamentary delegation to Italy is important for us. We hope that the cordial two-way parliamentary ties will expand," Frattini underscored. Meanwhile, Italian Chairman of Foreign Policy Commission of the House of Representatives stressed Iran's rights to enjoy peaceful nuclear energy. The Iranian parliamentary delegation was welcomed by Italian Chairman of Foreign Policy Commission of the House of Representatives Stefano Stefani. The two sides highlighted further meetings between parliamentarians. Stefani described Iran as a peace-seeking country and added," during the recent centuries, Iran has not attacked any state and it has been an important and influential country in regional and international developments." Stefani and the Italian Senate Lamberto Dini invited Boroujerdi to discuss issues such as improvement of political and parliamentary ties, political developments of the Middle East, Iran-Italy cooperation on Afghanistan and fight against drug-trafficking. In another development before his departure to Rome, Boroujerdi called for closer Tehran-Rome relations on all fronts, and more “constructive” negotiations between the two sides. “Exchanging parliamentary delegations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Italy can help bring the two nations closer, create an atmosphere for more constructive talks and set the stage for clearing up misunderstandings,” head of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission told Italian Ambassador to Tehran Alberto Bradanini. The Iranian lawmaker also touched upon the current developments in the region, particularly the Egypt uprising. “The recent developments in the Middle East, especially in Egypt, indicate the regional nations have decided to play a role in determining their fate,” said the parliamentarian. He concluded by saying that the upcoming trip to Italy by an Iranian parliamentary delegation upon the invitation of the Italian parliament will be an ideal opportunity for both countries. He also called for the promotion of mutual political, economic and cultural ties in tandem with parliamentary relations. The Italian diplomat, for his part, said making regular visits would lay the groundwork for further consultations and cooperation, which, in turn, could bolster political as well as cultural ties. He expressed hope that the upcoming visit to Italy by the Iranian delegation would result in closer cooperation between the two sides.

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