Iran Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani addresses the conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of Economic Cooperation Organization in Islamabad on February 11, 2013.
Iran's Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has asserted the importance of reinforcing unity among Muslim nations, expressing the Islamic Republic’s support for democracy in Syria.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran certainly seeks democracy in Syria but democracy will not be established by arms,” Larijani said in an address to the conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of Economic Cooperation Organization (PAECO) in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, on Monday.
We have told all parties involved in the Syria unrest that they should resolve issues through “political talks” but we currently witness that the Israeli regime uses the critical situation in the Arab country and bombards regions there, he added.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the violence.
The Syrian government says certain Western states, especially the United States, and their regional allies are fueling the unrest.
The Iranian Majlis speaker further stated that ECO countries enjoy great potentials and capacities to achieve political and economic convergence.
Larijani added that regional pacts and organizations can protect the interests of a region at the current juncture, emphasizing that ECO should make the most of its capacities in this regard.
He stated that ECO member countries are aware of the fact that regional and international crises would affect the body’s global standing.
They should use ECO’s potentials for political and security consultation to promote peace and tranquility as prerequisite of sustainable development, the top Iranian parliamentarian explained.
ECO is an intergovernmental regional organization established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey for the purpose of promoting economic, technical, and cultural cooperation among member states. The organization was expanded in 1992 to include seven new members, namely Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
ECO provides its members with a platform to discuss ways of improving economic development, and promoting trade and investment opportunities.