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Italian parliamentary delegation visiting Iran

Tehran, Jan 14, IRNA - Visiting Italian parliamentary delegation headed by Umberto Ranieri met and conferred with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in Tehran on Sunday.

In the meeting mottaki referred to long friendly bilateral relations and their important and effective roles in regional and international affairs, and stressed the need for constant deliberations and contacts between both countries' authorities.

On Iraq, Mottaki noted that the neighboring country is experiencing a positive process since last summer, adding that talks with the US is aimed at helping Iraqi people and trying to establish security and stability in that country.

He said the Britain's withdrawal from Basra was a right initiative, and stressed the need for the foreign troops to leave Iraq and the Iraqi government to handle security issues on its own.

On Lebanon, the Iranian official supported regional and international efforts to solve the coutnry's problems, adding that Lebanon needs a comprehensive solution and that Iran is willing to witness the nomination of its president as soon as possible.

As for the Palestinian issue, Mottaki pointed to the 60 year long crisis in the Middle East which has lingered due to lack of justice, and said Iran has a democratic solution to offer for the problem but a sufficient capacity should be created within the international community for it to be implemented.

He termed as positive the recent visit to Iran by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei and said Tehran is seriously pursuing the process of answering the outstanding issues and that all should cooperate in order to finalize this issue by early March.

Head of the Italian parliamentary delegation Umberto Ranieri said in the meeting that Iran is a major and effective country in the region and hoped it could positively affect the situation in Iraq, Afghanistan and some other states of the region.

On Lebanon, the Italian official said foreign interventions should be stopped and the country should enjoy a prospect of full independence with sufficient guarantees. He supported the rapid selection of the country's president.

The Italian parliamentary delegation comprising members of the Foreign Policy Commission of the Chamber of Deputies left Rome on Saturday for Tehran.

The Mideast crisis, the latest developments in Central Asia and Iran-EU bilateral relations are among major topics discussed by the two sides. Pietro Marcenaro, Sabina Siniscaldi, Patrizia Paoletti Tangheroni, and Marco Zacchera are the other members of the Italian delegation.

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