Saturday Apr 27, 201305:18 PM GMT
'Iran forerunner of support for Palestine'
Iran's Deputy Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Mohammad-Reza Bahonar
A senior Iranian lawmaker stresses the Islamic Republic's support for the Palestinians as Tehran hosts a conference in support of the Palestinian uprising against Israel.

“Iran has always been in the front line of defending Palestine,” Deputy Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Mohammad-Reza Bahonar said on Friday, IRIB reported.

Speaking on the sidelines of a reception ceremony for the participants of the Fifth International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada in Tehran, Bahonar highlighted the significance of the event approved by Iran's third parliament.

“Regarding the [wave] of Islamic Awakening in regional countries and that many Muslim countries have started new movements, it appears that holding this conference and inviting lawmakers, diplomatic delegations, scholars and thinkers from across the world are essential,” he stated.

The pro-Palestinian conference chaired by Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani is scheduled to be held on October 1-2 in the Iranian capital.

Bahonar said nearly 50 parliamentary delegations, from both Muslim and non-Muslim countries have been invited to the event and 15 parliament speakers will personally attend the meeting.

He expressed regret that many governments were absent when it comes to supporting the Palestinian cause.

The Iranian official reiterated the Islamic Republic's commitment to defending the rights the Palestinian people and expressed hope that the conference would be fruitful.

The conference coincides with the Palestinian Authority's bid to win support at the United Nations for the recognition of an independent Palestinian state on the lines of the 1967 borders, which would encompass the Gaza Strip and the West Bank including East al-Quds.

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