Brussels, July 2, IRNA-Speaker of the Iranian Majlis (parliament) Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel assured Iranian expatriates in Belgium Friday that he is optimistic about the future of the Islamic Republic .
"The situation of Iran is good.. I am optiimstic about the future," Haddad-Adel told a gathering of Iranian expatriates in the Iranian embassy in Brussels Friday night.
He said under the 8-year rule of President Khatami Iran has made significant industrial, educational and agricultural progress.
"But there are also many problems," he noted, citing establishment of social justice as one of them.
The Majlis speaker said he expected that President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be be able to reduce these problems.
"We will help him to solve these problems." Much of Haddad-Adel's speech focussed on the recent presidential elections in Iran.
The huge participation of the people in the two rounds has proven that Iran is a free and democratic state, he said.
Iran is the only country in the region where presidents are changed through election and power is transferred in a democratic and orderly manner, Haddad-Adel noted.
The Majlis speaker said that the Americans and Israelis are nervous because of the massive voter participation in the elections.
He said before the Americans used to exploit the pretext of the communist threat to interfere in the affairs of other nations, today they are using the issue of imposing democracy to intervene and occupy other countries.
He called on the expatriates not to pay heed to the anti-Islamic Republic propaganda of the enemies abroad.
Haddad-Adel said he informed European Union and Belgian officials about the presidential elections in Iran.
The Majlis speaker arrived in Brussels on Thursday for a 3-day visit, his first to Europe.
He met EU High Representative Javier Solana, Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, Belgian Parliament speaker Hermann de Croo and Belgian Foreign Minister Karel de Gucht and informed them about presidential elections in Iran and discussed EU-Iran ties and bilateral Belgian-Iranian relations.
The speaker of the Belgian senate Anne-Marie Lizin cancelled a meeting with the Majlis speaker because Haddad-Adel would not shake hands with her.
A lunch with Hermann de Croo was also cancelled after the insistence of the Belgian parliament speaker to serve alcohol.
On Saturday, the Majlis speaker was visiting the port city of Antwerp before returning to Tehran. A large number of Iranian ships pass through Antwerp.
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