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Iranian Official: Negotiations between Parliament, government positive

Tehran, Oct 19, IRNA -- Vice President for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Majid Ansari referred to Majlis meeting with the government economic officials on Tuesday as fruitful and hoped that such sessions will contribute to positive and constructive negotiations between government and Majlis.

The unofficial session held behind closed door was attended by the Minister of Oil Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, Minister of Commerce Mohammad Shariatmadari, Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Safdar Hosseini, Head of the Management and Planning Organization Hamid-Reza Shoraka, governor of Central Bank of Iran and Ansari.

Speaking to reporters on the first day of his term as vice president, he hoped to witness closer cooperation between the government and Majlis during the remaining days of the present government in office.

"Majlis and government as a decision-making body ratifying the laws and the executive branch of power respectively need to collaborate closely," he added.

Assessing such cooperation as beneficial to the country and people, he noted that in his belief all lawmakers seek the national interest and that the government as an executive body is determined to take actions in favor of the people.

"Given that sections making up the ruling system and the officials and three branches of power are trusted by the people, they should attempt to take more coordinated measures to materialize the people's requests," he added.

In response to the protest of some lawmakers to the high prices of some commodities, he said that the negotiations in today's session will be effective in drawing up the budget.

Concerning today's meeting, he said that there is no distinct difference of view between the government and parliament, given that both are determined to improve the national economy, pay more attention to the low-income social classes, reduce the expenses and take steps towards achieving the goals set by the 20-year vision plan.

Asked about Iran's approach to EU and the conditions for its peaceful nuclear activity, he replied that major international developments such as Iran's nuclear program will be treated as general issues.

"Any decision taken by the government will be in line with the general policy of the ruling system. Meanwhile, Iran's approach to the issue has been repeatedly declared by President Mohammad Khatami and the Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Hassan Rowhani and is quite transparent," he added.

Ansari said that since he has been a lawmaker for a while he is well familiar with the process of parliamentary affairs and added that he is determined to render more satisfactory service to the people through close coordination with the government.

Majlisholds closed-door session on various economic problems Tehran, Oct 19, IRNA -- The Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) is holding a closed-door session here today with a government economic team consisting of a number of ministers.

Majlis Speaker Gholam Ali Hadad Adel said that the economic team had been invited in today's parliamentary session to discuss various economic issues and problems confronting the country.

He said that the results of the session will be disclosed at a press conference that is to be held after the session ends.

The closed-door session is to be attended by Minister of Oil Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, Minister of Commerce Mohammad Shariatmadari, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Safdar Hosseini, Organization for Management and Planning head Hamid Reza Baradaran Shoraka, Central Bank of Iran Governor Ebrahim Sheibani and Vice-President for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Majid Ansari who make up the government's team that discusses economy-related issues with members of the Iranian parliament.

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