TEHRAN. Feb, 19, 2014 (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani underlined the need for consensus among Muslims against enemies of Islam.
"Unity, consensus and a feeling of solidarity against the plots of the enemies of Islam is an urgent and real need of the contemporary Muslim World," Larijani said in a meeting with his Emirati counterpart Mohammad Ahmad Al-Murr who is in Tehran to attend the 9th Meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Inter-Parliamentary Union.
As regards the OIC Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting, the Iranian parliament speaker said, "These meetings are held at the presence of parliament speakers of the OIC member-states with the purpose of consolidating unity and solidarity among the Muslim ummah and increasing solidarity to remove the problems of the Muslim world."
Meantime, Larijani pointed to the Iran-UAE religious and historical commonalities, and said, "The Iranian parliament supports the policy of increasing expansion of bilateral ties with the neighboring Muslim states on the basis of mutual respect and interests."
The UAE parliament speaker, for his part, pointed to the status-quo in Iran-UAE relations, and said, "The post-revolution Iran is a combination of culture, Islamic civilization and up-to-date knowledge."
Tehran is now hosting the 9th Meeting of the OIC Inter-Parliamentary Union and the 16th IPU Public Committee meeting with the participation of over 25 parliament speakers, 10 vice-speakers and 50 parliamentary delegations from different world states.
Iran attaches importance to the strengthening of its ties with the Middle Eastern countries. The Iranian foreign minister has repeatedly announced in the last few weeks that Iran prioritizes its relations with the regional and neighboring states, specially the Persian Gulf littoral countries, in its foreign policy.
In December, UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayid Al-Nahayan, in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Abu Dhabi, announced that his country is ready for all-out cooperation with Iran.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran is an important country and it is closer to us than everyone else," Sheikh Khalifa said, and underlined that the United Arab Emirates is ready to expand bilateral relations with Iran.
The UAE president stressed the need for increasing exchange of visits between the two countries officials in a move to further consolidate the two states bilateral, regional and international ties and cooperation, and said, "I emphasize that all Emirati officials and concerned bodies should do whatever they can to consolidate these relations."
The Iranian foreign minister, for his part, said Tehran deems as important expansion of the relations with the UAE, and expressed the hope that the two states could "reinforce and institutionalize mutual cooperation by managing their relations and utilizing the existing opportunities and potentials".