The head of the Islamic Consultative Assembly Research Center, Kazim Jalali has said the IPU (Inter Parliamentary Union) provides a wonderful opportunity to strengthen and boost international ties.

Iran news: The head of Iran's Parliament Research Center, Kazim Jalali in an exclusive interview with Iran Press news agency called the role of Parliamentary diplomacy as an important factor in cementing ties and cooperation with countries all around the world.

Jalali went on to say that the parliamentary diplomacy would be defined within the framework of the Public diplomacy which has been considered to have prominent role in the international community.

"The Parliamentarian representatives of the countries communicate with each other in a rather much easier manner about the latest developments," Jalali added.

Iran's top Majlis official also described the different levels of Parliamentary diplomacy in which Iran's parliament is acting: The highest level of which the speaker will contact his international counterparts, the world over and during the process where the regional and international affairs and development should be discussed.

Jalali explained further that the second level of parliamentary diplomacy is about the groups which are seeking international parliamentary amity and friendship with the countries of the world which will be done in form of the official trips and state visits.

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According to Jalali the third level deals with using the capacities and potentials of the international and regional inter parliamentary unions like IPU (Inter Parliamentary Union) which he believed to be the big and at the same time important opportunity for expanding international ties and cooperation.

He also said that for the first time since Islamic revolution, Iran has recently been recognized as the chair of the IPU executive committee.

Jalali also said that there are other categories such as Islamic and Asian inter parliamentary unions respectively where Iran has played crucial role in creating them and the secretariat is in Tehran.

The Top parliamentarian also said that the second meeting of the parliament speakers of six regional countries (Iran, Russia, China, Pakistan, Turkey and Afghanistan) for fighting terrorism as well as sustainable development will be held in Tehran on next Friday and Saturday, 7-8 November 2018.

The Pakistan head of Parliament who is considered as chairman of the first meeting is going to hand the chairmanship to Iran's Majlis speaker, Ali Larijani. 203/204

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