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Senior MP: Iran, Romania Keen to Broaden Parliamentary Ties

TEHRAN, Apr. 30, 2014(FNA)- Head of Iran-Romania Parliamentary Friendship Group Mohammad Mehdi Zahedi underlined that Tehran and Bucharest are determined to enhance their parliamentary cooperation in a bid to adopt foreign policies based on mutual interests.

"Parliamentary friendship groups play a significant role in mirroring the countries political and social realities and also facilitating political exchanges," Zahedi said in a meeting with his Romanian counterpart Sourin Eshtefan Rushka Stansko in Tehran on Tuesday. Zahedi pointed to the ongoing talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, France, Britain and China plus Germany), and said, "Acceptance of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) shows Irans sincerity in the nuclear negotiations."

The Romanian lawmaker voiced satisfaction in his visit to Iran, and said, "The visit by the Romanian parliamentary group to Iran is aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two countries parliaments and preparing the necessary grounds for the two governments to improve their bilateral relations."

Irans Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Romanian counterpart Titus Corlatean in a meeting in September hailed the existing bilateral relations between Tehran and Bucharest, and called for the further expansion of their countries mutual cooperation in all fields.

In a meeting held on the sidelines of the 68th UN General Assembly Session in New York, the two top diplomats discussed new ways for bolstering the bilateral relations between the two friendly states in all fields, including cultural interactions. Zarif voiced Tehrans readiness to further widen Irans mutual cooperation with Romania in various fields. The Romanian foreign minister, for his part, welcomed resumption of the talks between Iran and the six world powers, describing the negotiations as important.

Romania is a country located at the intersection of Central and Southeastern Europe, bordering on the Black Sea. Romania shares a border with Hungary and Serbia to the West, Ukraine and Moldova to the Northeast and East, and Bulgaria to the South. At 238,400 square kilometers (92,000 sq mi), Romania is the ninth largest country of the European Union by area, and has the seventh largest population of the European Union with over 19 million people. Its capital and largest city is Bucharest, the tenth largest city in the EU, with a population


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