Iran Proposes Setting up Network for Parliamentary Research in Asia-Pacific Region
TEHRAN, Nov. 3, 2013 (FNA)- Iran on Saturday proposed the setting up of a concentrated network for parliamentary research in Asia and the Pacific region.
"Efforts should be made to use the experiences of important parliamentary bodies like the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to gradually create a concentrated network for parliamentary research in Asia and the Pacific region," Head of the Iranian parliaments Research Center Kazzem Jalali said in a meeting with his South Korean counterpart in Seoul on Saturday.
"Countries of this region should be able to share their expert experiences in the field of legislation with each other in a desirable manner using this research network and parliamentary research centers regularly transfer their research experiences in this way," he added.
The IPU, mentioned by Jalali, was established in 1889. The national parliaments of 162 countries are members of the IPU, and 10 regional parliamentary assemblies are associate members. The IPU has permanent observer status at the United Nations and general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.
The 128th meeting of the IPU was held in Quito, Ecuador, from March 22 to 27, 2013.
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani traveled to Geneva early October to take part in the 129th IPU Assembly.
The 129th IPU Assembly opened on October 7 and lasted until October 9 in Geneva.
The IPU Assembly is the principal statutory body that expresses the views of the Inter-Parliamentary Union on political issues. It brings together lawmakers to study international problems and make recommendations for action.