Larijani in Dublin to Explore Enhanced Relations

Larijani in Dublin to  Explore Enhanced Relations
Larijani in Dublin to  Explore Enhanced Relations

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani who has travelled to Ireland at the head of a high-ranking parliamentary delegation held meetings with speakers of the upper and lower houses of the Irish Parliament and the prime minister to explore ways of improving bilateral cooperation.  

In the meeting with Sean Barrett, speaker of the lower house of the Oireachtas (Dail Eireann), Larijani said the main objective of his trip was to continue consultations between the two countries on expansion of relations, IRNA reported on Wednesday.

Referring to the long-lasting Tehran-Dublin collaboration in parliamentary, political and economic spheres, Larijani said the two sides started dialogue with the aim of increasing mutual ties and parliamentary cooperation during a recent visit to Tehran by an Irish parliamentary delegation.

In the meeting with Paddy Burke, speaker of the upper house of Oireachtas (Seanad Eireann), Larijani called for closer collaboration by making use of existing capacities in view of increased parliamentary interactions.   

Larijani also attended a joint press conference with senior Irish parliamentarians to answer questions about the latest developments in the Middle East, the status of the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers and bilateral ties with the host country.

The speaker also met with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who called Iran a "large and influential" country in the region and voiced Dublin's readiness to strengthen relations with the Islamic Republic, ICANA reported on Wednesday.

The two officials exchanged views on the major regional and international issues and appealed for efforts to promote peace and stability in the Middle East.

They also explored avenues for boosting economic and commercial ties by making the optimal use of the opportunities in the two countries.