Tehran, June 30, IRNA - Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Anders B. Johnsson on Saturday expressed readiness of the union to prepare ground for holding Iran-US direct parliamentary talks.
Johnsson made the remarks in a meeting with the Iranian MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi while referring to the role of the union in promoting parliamentary democracy and holding talks among parliaments of world nations.
The IPU secretary general further expressed hope that the union is to alleviate tensions between Iran and the US through holding bilateral parliamentary negotiations.
He also termed Iran as an active member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union which has 147 member states, saying Tehran plays constructive role in the IPU activities and its decisions at international level.
On his part, Boroujerdi underlined the high status of the union in international arena and expressed Iranian parliament (Majlis) eagerness to contribute to the activities of the union.
The head of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Majlis added that for the first time after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Tehran has agreed to hold talks with the US in favor of the Iraqi people to rid them of the current security crisis and establish security and tranquility in the war-torn country.
"Given a set of paradoxes in behaviors and policies of the US towards Iran, the issue of talking and establishing relations is still in contradiction with Iran's red lines," he added.
The MP further noted that approving budget to confront with the Islamic Republic of Iran by the US Congress as well as moves such as seizing Iranian diplomats and assaulting Iran's official consulate in Iraq, and tens of other violations are among the paradoxes in words and actions of the American administration and congress.
"Iran sets up relations with other nations within the framework of international regulations and based on national interests and mutual respect," he added.
"The US congressmen should pressure the American administration to revise its policies towards Iran instead of adopting hostile strategy."
FM: IPU should act in par with UN, global organizations Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in Tehran on Saturday that the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) should keep pace with the UN and other global organizations and actively contribute to materialization of the international community's objectives.
Mottaki told the IPU Secretary General Anders B. Johnsson that the IPU can play an effective role in the industrialization and progress of the developing states and in their environmental affairs as well as campaign against diseases.
He said formation of continental parliaments is a way for promotion of the IPU.
On his part, Johnson said foreign ministers' support for the IPU would make materialization of the Union's objectives easier.
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