Indian Speaker Calls for Strengthening Parliamentary Relations with Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Indian Parliament Speaker Meira Kumar in a meeting with her Iranian counterpart Ali Larijani underlined the necessity for bolstering parliamentary relations with Tehran which she said will lead to further promotion of bilateral ties between the two countries.
During the meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday, Kumar underlined the fact that there is broad commonality of views between the two countries on major global issues. India considers Iran as an important strategic partner in combating terror, maintaining peace and stability in Middle East and South Asia, more importantly in Afghanistan.
She also emphasized that greater interaction between the two parliaments would act as a trigger to further consolidate bilateral relations.
In this regard, she appreciated the fact that Indian Parliament has set up India-Iran Parliamentary Friendship Group, which would take bilateral interaction to new heights.
Larijani left Tehran for India on Sunday in a bid to discuss bilateral ties with Indian officials, specially in parliamentary grounds.
Heading a high-ranking parliamentary delegation, Larijani embarked on a 4-day visit to India at the invitation of Kumar.
Larijani is heading a high-ranking parliamentary delegation during the visit, which includes senior Iranian legislators Mohammad Ashouri, Gholam Reza Taj-Gardoun, Behrouz Nemati, Fatemeh Alia, and Esfandiyar Ekhtiyari.
Iran and India which have deep historical and cultural relations are now seeking to further expand political and economic ties.
India, the world’s fourth-largest petroleum consumer, is Iran’s second largest oil customer after China and purchases around $12bln worth of Iranian crude every year, about 12 percent of its consumption.
( Fonte: http://www.english.farsnews.com )