Friday Sep 30, 201102:52 PM GMT
Tehran to host intl. intifada conference
Fri Sep 30, 2011 2:54PM
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Hossein Sheikholeslam
The Fifth International Conference on the Palestinian Intifada is set to kick off in Tehran, indicating Iran's unshakable support for the Palestinian cause.

Head of Iran's Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Friday that the conference would strengthen support for the Palestinian cause.

He added that the intifada conference would complement the Islamic Awakening conference which was held on September 17 and 18 in Tehran and which was attended by 700 scholars from 80 countries, IRNA reported.

This year's intifada conference has chosen “Palestine, Homeland of Palestinians” as its motto to emphasize that Palestine in the only homeland of Palestinians.

The conference is held according to a law passed on May 9, 1990 by the Majlis requiring the Iranian government to organize such conferences in support of the Palestinian intifada.

Secretary-General of the international conference Hossein Sheikholeslam said 16 parliament speakers from Indonesia, Malawi, Zanzibar, Algeria, Lebanon, Qatar, Iraq, Comoros, Kuwait, Syria, Mauritania, Paraguay, and Afghanistan (three participants) as well as eight deputy speakers have indicated readiness to attend the summit.

He added that more than 70 countries are sending parliamentary delegations in addition to independent figures from 100 countries.

The first intifada conference was held in October 1991 followed by the second and third conferences respectively in May 2001 and April 2006. The fourth conference was held after the war on the Gaza Strip was launched by Israel in March 2009.

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