For the first time the Islamic Republic of Iran participated in a meeting of the Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, which opened in La Maddalena, Italy, today and closes tomorrow.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Ali Ahani represents Iran at the meeting and is scheduled to deliver a speech at the gathering.
He will also hold talks with a number of participants in the meeting.
Representatives from 25 countries are attending the event, IRNA reported.
According to IRNA, the participants will discuss the situation in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, the Persian Gulf region, transition of power in certain Arab countries, the role of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the region, the situation in Iraq, and NATO's operations in the Mediterranean.
The NATO PA Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group (GSM) provides a forum for parliamentarians from NATO countries and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to discuss political and security issues and to enhance cooperation.
As one of the first institutions to engage with the region, the NATO PA started a dialogue with MENA countries in the early 1990s. As a formal mechanism to address regional challenges, the GSM was launched in 1996.
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