IIPU Urged to Pay Special Attention to Muslim World Challenges
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani urged the Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union (IIPU) to give special consideration in its upcoming meeting to the major challenges facing the Islamic world, including the issue of Palestine and extremism in the Muslim countries.
Speaking Saturday in a press conference in Tehran, Larijani stated that creating proper grounds for optimum use of the member states’ potentials for scientific development is also among the issues to be considered in the meeting.
The ninth meeting of the Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union will be officially launched in a ceremony on February 18, where Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.
44 countries have announced preparedness to attend the IIPU Conference. 25 parliament speakers will be among the participants at the event in Tehran.
Larijani noted that the IIPU, which was established in 1999 based on an initiative by Iran, is the second largest inter-parliamentary body in the world after the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
Elsewhere in the press conference, the speaker referred to the Syrian conflict and Geneva 2 peace talks, stressing that right from the outest, Tehran has believed in the political solution to the crisis “but some did not agree and followed military methods, which caused these troubles for the people of the region."
He underlined that not "every political solution" can resolve the problem in Syria but a viable political solution can be found only if the Syrian people’s views are respected.
Syria has been the scene of deadly unrest since March 2011. According to figures released by the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have so far been killed and millions displaced due to the violence.