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Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani (file photo)

Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani (file photo)

Iran Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani says the situation in Syria and Palestine topped the agenda of discussions at the Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union (IIPU) meeting. “Different issues in the region and entire Muslim world were discussed at the meeting,” Larijani said on Wednesday upon his return from the meeting. Larijani stated that the issues of Palestine, Syria, Iran’s nuclear energy program, and relations among IIPU members were also on the agenda. Larijani arrived in Sudan on January 21 to take part in the Eighth General Assembly Meeting of the IIPU. The meeting was held on January 21 and 22, 2013, in the capital city of Khartoum. The previous meeting of the Union had been held in the Malaysian city of Palembang in January 2012. The IIPU was established in 1999 based on an initiative by Iran. It seeks to strengthen parliamentary cooperation among Islamic countries in order to solve challenges facing the Islamic world. The Iranian official added that his visit to Sudan was a good opportunity to hold talks with the country’s leaders. Larijani met with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday, emphasizing the expansion of bilateral ties between Tehran and Khartoum and discussing global and regional issues including the Palestinian plight. Larijani said Iran and Sudan have similar views towards regional issues and both countries seek to expand bilateral ties. MYA/SS