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Iran: Government expects parliament to pass bill on anti-terror campaign

Vice-President for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad Ali Abtahi said that the government is looking for the parliament to pass the bill offered last week about national campaign against terrorism, IRNA reported from Tehran.

He told reporters that the legislation against terrorism will help remove the legal vacuum in this respect and will empower respective organs to fight terrorism at national and international levels.

The cabinet, presided over by President Mohammad Khatami, approved the bill on campaign against terrorism last Wednesday and forwarded it to the parliament.

"Approval of the bill provides the national organs with legal provisions to fight terrorism and indicates Iran's national resolve to join the international campaign against all forms of terrorism," Abtahi said.

He criticized certain countries for accusing Iran of supporting terrorism and said that Iran has always fallen victim to terrorism due to the double standard of certain countries.

"Iran has suffered a lot from terrorist attacks of the armed opposition groups," he said.

"On the other hand, Iran has always been accused by certain countries of supporting terrorism due to their double standard," Abtahi said.

The United Nations Security Council obliged the member states to cooperate with the UN in the international campaign against terrorism and hence the member states need legal provisions at national level to contribute to the international drive, he said adding that the member states are expected to periodically report their performance in this respect to the UN special committee.

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