Luxemburg FM, MP Confer on Region, Ties  

Luxemburg FM, MP Confer on Region, Ties  Luxemburg FM, MP Confer on Region, Ties  

In a meeting between a visiting delegation of lawmakers led by head of the Iranian group of parliamentary relations with the European Parliament Kazem Jalali and Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn on Friday, the two sides discussed enhancement of bilateral ties and the situation in the Middle East.  

In the meeting, Asselborn referred to the growing relations between Tehran and Luxembourg and said holding similar meetings and the conclusion of a nuclear accord between Iran and the major powers would help boost bilateral ties, ICANA reported.

Praising the recent measures taken by the Islamic Republic to improve the human rights situation, he described the efforts as "promising."

The senior Luxembourg diplomat also expressed the European country's readiness to strengthen ties with Iran in various economic fields such as insurance, banking and satellite equipment.

Jalali, for his part, hoped that nuclear negotiations with the six major powers known as the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) will reach a conclusion with "the goodwill" of the other side. "Iran has always adhered to the commitments (it has taken on) in the course of negotiations," he said, adding that the Iranian negotiating team enjoys the support of the nation as well as senior officials of the Islamic Republic.

Elsewhere, the lawmaker denounced the provision of financial support by certain countries to terrorist groups, especially the so-called Islamic State (IS), that carry out "brutal and criminal actions" against the defenseless people in the region.

Noting that IS terrorists have stepped up their recruitment activities across Central Asian countries such as Afghanistan, where the states are grappling with poverty, he called on the international community to be alert to the matter. "The campaign against terrorism needs a practical and effective solution rather than demonstrative shows," he said.

On Saudi Arabia's assault against Yemen, Jalali reiterated that the Yemeni issue can be resolved through holding national dialogue which was about to occur before the disruption of the political process by the Saudi military intervention "that was against the legal norms."

"The Saudi move was an obvious interference in the internal affairs of another county," he said, adding the destruction of Yemeni infrastructures and the killing of the defenseless people by Saudi Arabia are considered acts of crime against humanity and violations of human rights and the legal rights of the crisis-hit country.  

Turning to Iran, Jalali described the Islamic Republic as "the most stable country" in the Middle East and said it is necessary to make use of the capacities in the country to help promote regional and international security.

Asselborn, in turn, referred to the crimes committed by IS in the region, describing the tragedies that are happening in Mosul and other Iraqi cities as "horrifying." He also expressed hope that the recent ceasefire in Yemen would be real and hold for some time.