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Majlis Opposed to Jordanian King's Iran Visit

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, March 14 (ICANA) – The Iranian Parliament's (Majlis) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission has expressed its opposition to the Jordanian King's planned visit to Tehran.
Monday, March 14, 2011 11:49:44 PM
Majlis Opposed to Jordanian King's Iran Visit

“The invitation and visit of Jordanian King Malik Abdullah is certainly against our national interests at this point in time and given the current conditions,” head of the commission, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said on Monday.

“The opinion of the members of the National Security Commission is negative towards this visit and the Majlis majority also has a similar [negative] view,” Boroujerdi said.

He added that such a visit could be used against the Islamic Republic in the political realm as the people of the region are standing up to oppressive regimes of the region.

Earlier Monday, a senior lawmaker said that inviting the Jordanian King Abdullah to visit Iran at a time that his own people have risen against him is unwise and “against Islamic expediencies of Iran.”

 

Head of the Majlis Research Center (MRC) Ahmad Tavakkoli told ICANA: “At a time that Muslim nations from Middle Eastern countries to North Africa have risen against their puppet regimes and are determined to decide the fate of the region on their own free will, inviting the Jordanian King Abdullah to attend Norouz festival in Tehran will be at odds with the interests of Muslims, regional people and national interests of the Islamic Iran.”

The parliamentarian further stated that at present, the Jordanian nation, a big part of which hails from Palestine, has taken to streets.

“So, why a stooge of CIA who is disliked by his own people should be invited to Tehran on grounds of attending Norouz festival?” he asked.

Tavakkoli noted that such a non-revolutionary move should be condemned along with all other passive stances taken by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the President’s Office and revolutionary forces in Iran should not remain indifferent to it.

Jordan's King Abdullah II in December received a rare message from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inviting him to visit Iran.

The message, which was delivered to the monarch by head of Ahmadinejad's office Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, expressed the Iranian president's "keenness on developing ties between Iran and Jordan in various spheres," a statement issued by Jordan’s Royal Court said.

Abdullah underlined the need to meet with Ahmadinejad in the near future - either in Amman or Tehran - to discuss "ways for bolstering bilateral ties on clear bases in such a manner that serves the interests of the two peoples, Islamic issues as well as security and stability in the region," the royal court said.

The discussions during the meeting tackled "a number of regional and international issues and means of addressing them in a form that reflects positively on interests of the Islamic nation," the statement said without giving details.

Relations between Jordan and Iran appeared to have cooled in recent years after King Abdullah warned against the formation of a "Shiite crescent" involving Iran, Iraq, Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

However, Abdullah repeatedly called for a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue and warned against the dangerous repercussions of military action.

In recent weeks, thousands of Jordanians have staged peaceful protest rallies in the capital Amman and other cities, calling for political and economic reforms.

Protesters demanded that the country's prime minister be democratically elected rather than appointed by the King.

In response to the mass anti-government rallies, Jordan's prime minister has announced a pay increase for civil servants as well as the pensions of retired employees and the expansion of a state subsidy program.

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