Source: Mehr News Agency
TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (Mehr News Agency) - Speaker of the Iranian Parliament has emphasized that flights of Russian fighter aircraft are still being performed from Nojeh airbase in Hamedan. Ali Lasrijani made the remarks dring the Parliament open session on Tuesday morning, when answering the comments of MP Mahmoud Sadeghi.
A Russian Sukhui Su-34 fighter jet
"A total of 20 MPs called for explanations on Russia's use of Hamadan air base given that Iran's Constitution has banned establishment of any foreign military base in the country; the request meant to bringing about coordination and synergy among all three forces while, unfortunately, it has not been addressed yet," said Sadeghi who represents people of Tehran in the Parliament.
In response to the MP's comments, Ali Larijai underlined that Russian jets are still carrying out military missions from the Iranian airbase; "Iran holds cooperation with Russia in the fight against terrorism and the alliance between the two countries would benefit Muslims in the region."
Parliament Speaker further asserted that "no military base has been handed over to foreigners as Russian is merely using Hamedan's Nojeh airbase for refueling purposes."
He reiterated that no airbase has been given to any country and the temporary operation of Russian fighters in Hamedan posed no need to obtain permission form the Parliament.
The official also referred to earlier remarks made by Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Dehghan saying "the commander could have made a better choice of words while talking about the Parliament."
He recalled a famous saying by the founder of the Islamic Republic that "the Parliament in placed on top of all affairs" asserting "Imam Khomeini's words must be taken into mind both in theory and action as well as in expressing views."
At the beginning of the session, Larijani felicitated the occasion ofGovernment Week and commemorated memories of martyrs Mohammad Javad Bahonar and Moahammad Ali Rajaei emphasizing that they remain as excellent paragons of management in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
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