Larijani: World Powers, Israel Trying to Cause Animosity between Iran, Arab States
TEHRAN, Feb. 20, 2014 (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in a meeting with Arab Parliament Speaker Ahmed Mohammed Rashid Al Jarwan cautioned against the efforts made by the global powers and Israel to sow the seeds of discord between Iran and the Arab countries.
"The Zionists and global powers are trying to trigger animosity and difference between Iran and the Arab countries ...," Larijani said, adding, "Iran and Arab countries have firm bonds and deep historical and religious commonalities."
The Iranian parliament speaker underlined that today more than any other time the Muslim World needs solidarity, unity, and avoiding differences, and said that parliaments can play an influential role in creating consensus among Muslims.
The Arab Parliament speaker, for his part, pointed to Irans important role and status in the region and the world, and said, "The Arab Parliament welcomes expansion of ties with Iran in all fields."
He reiterated the need for the utilization of the capabilities and capacities of the Arab countries and Iran for the enhancement of bilateral and multilateral ties.
At the Arab League Summit of 2001-Amman, the Arab states agreed to create an Arab Parliament, and came up with a resolution to give the Secretary General of the Arab League the power to start and create the Parliament. In 2004, in the ordinary Arab League Summit in Algiers was the official date where all Arab League Members agreed to send their representative to the temporary Parliament sessions that took place in the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo, Egypt, with each member state sending four members, until the Parliament is reassigned permanently to its under-construction office in Damascus.
The headquarters was in Damascus till May 22, 2012 the sessions were suspended and transferred to Cairo. The Arab League is now preparing to move the headquarters of the parliament to Baghdad.