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British and Canadian parliamentary delegation arrive in Tehran


A British parliamentary delegation, headed by the Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of House of Commons Donald Anderson, arrived in Tehran on Saturday night for bilateral talks, IRNA reported.

Speaking to IRNA upon arrival at Mehrabad Airport, Anderson said the delegation consists of six members of UK parliament that will discuss with Iranian officials the strengthening of bilateral relations and other issues of mutual interest.

Expressing hope for improvement in ties between Iran and UK, Anderson said the delegation is in Tehran for this purpose and will report the outcome of the visit to the British government

He said that the visit would undoubtedly affect positively the diplomatic relations between the two countries adding that the members of the delegation are happy to be able to talk to Iranian officials.

Head of Iran-Britain Friendship Group in Iranian parliament Akbar Alami told IRNA on Saturday that the British delegation is expected to hold meetings with him, a number of officials at Iran's Foreign Ministry as well as Head of Majlis Commission for National Security and Foreign Affairs Mohsen Mirdamadi.

He said Iraq issue, Iran's views on Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Middle East peace and human rights are among major issues to be discussed.

The British delegation will leave Tehran for London Friday morning.

Canadian parliamentary delegation arrives in Iran

A Canadian parliamentary delegation, headed by Vice Chairman of Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade of House of Commons Stockwell Day, arrived in Tehran early Sunday.

During its two-day stay here, the five-member delegation is scheduled to hold separate meetings with Head of the Majlis Commission for National Security and Foreign Policy Mohsen Mirdamadi as well as representatives of religious minorities and women faction of the Majlis.

The delegation is also expected to meet with Vice-President Masoumeh Ebtekar and a number of senior foreign ministry officials.

The Canadian parliamentarians will attend two panels in which they will discuss political and parliamentary issues in the presence of experts and researchers.

The Canadian delegation is scheduled to leave Tehran for Riyadh on Monday.

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