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Ugandan Speaker: Iran’s Presidency over OIC Parliamentary Union Strengthens Muslim Solidarity

TEHRAN, Feb. 19, 2014 (FNA)- Ugandan Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga in a meeting with her Iranian counterpart Ali Larijani in Tehran on Wednesday praised Iran for playing a very effective role in reinforcing solidarity among the Muslim states during its presidency over the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

"Irans rotating presidency over the OIC Inter-Parliamentary Union will result in the reinvigoration of solidarity among Muslim countries," Kadaga said.

Kadaga pointed to the status-quo in the Iran-Uganda relations, and said, "The government and parliament of Uganda want expansion of mutual cooperation between the two countries in agricultural, scientific and technological fields."

The Iranian parliament speaker, for his part, said that Iran and Uganda have good and growing relations, adding that the Iranian parliament will support the bolstering of bilateral relations.

Larijani pointed to the participation of the Ugandan parliamentary delegation in the OIC Inter-Parliamentary meeting in Tehran, and said, "Ugandas presence at this meeting is of paramount importance and plays an influential role in materializing the meetings objectives, considering Ugandas long record of activity in the IPU."

In relevant remarks on Friday, Larijani underlined that the IPU can pave the way for boosting unity among Muslims, and called on Muslim assemblies to do their best to strengthen the Union.

"The IPU which was founded with the membership of some 52 Islamic parliaments has established close cooperation with 22 international organizations," said Larijani at the opening ceremony of the 31st Executive Committee of the IPU in Tehran on Friday.

He emphasized that the Islamic parliaments can establish close relations with the various Muslim nations and reflects the demands of their nations in practice through membership in the parliamentary union of the Organization of the OIC.

"An inter-parliamentary union can serve as a center for comprehending the demands of the Islamic Ummah (nation) and pursing their implementation through various ways," added the parliament speaker.

"This conference is focusing on the advancements of the Islamic countries and the motto of the international event is Solidarity, Advancement and Justice," he said.


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