TEHRAN, Feb 17, 2014 (FNA)- More than 33 parliamentary delegations from Muslim countries have arrived in Tehran to attend the 9th meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Parliamentary Union on February 18-19.
Six parliament speakers and vice-speakers have already arrived in Tehran and more delegates are also expected to come to Iran to attend the main meeting of the OIC Parliamentary Union.
Parliament speakers from Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, Malaysia and Comoros as well as Tunisian vice-speaker are now in the Iranian capital for the high-profile meeting.
On Wednesday, Iranian Parliament Speakers advisor for international affairs Hossein Sheikholeslam announced that over 25 parliament speakers, 10 vice-speakers, and 50 parliamentary delegations are to participate in the 9th Meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Inter-Parliamentary Union in Tehran.
The 31st Executive Committee of the IPU started work on Friday February 14.
The first three days of the meeting is to be held at the level of experts and the Muslim world parliament speakers will take part in the event in the last two days.
"Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameron, Chad, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Oman, Pakistan , Palestine, Senegal, Syria, Tajikistan, Togo, Turkey, Yemen, Algeria, Comoros, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Uganda, the UAE, Sudan, Kyrgyzstan and Libya are the countries which have so far confirmed their presence in the OIC parliamentary meeting," Sheikholeslam said.
The OIC Parliamentary Union has 53 members.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, formerly Organization of the Islamic Conference, was established ina 1969 and has 57 members. The organization aims to promote dialogue between Islamic countries and the rest of the world and also protect the interests of Muslims when necessary.