Parliaments Key to Enhanced Belgian Relations

Parliaments Key to Enhanced Belgian Relations
Parliaments Key to Enhanced Belgian Relations

A top Belgian lawmaker says the capacities of the parliaments of Iran and Belgium can be utilized to help promote Tehran-Brussels cooperation.

In a meeting with an Iranian parliamentary delegation in Brussels on Saturday, President of the Chamber of Representatives of Belgium Siegfried Bracke praised the growing parliamentary relations, stressing that after a long decline in mutual ties, now the ground is prepared for greater bilateral collaboration, ICANA reported.   

Describing Iran's role in helping settle regional crises as "significant" and "special", he noted that "in view of stability and lasting security in Iran, its contribution to efforts to establish peace [in the region] is of high importance."

Bracke expressed hope he would be able to visit Tehran soon to hold consultations with his Iranian counterpart Ali Larijani on parliamentary issues, bilateral ties and regional and international developments.  

Abbas Ali Mansouri Arani, head of the Iran-Belgium Parliamentary Friendship Group and also the Iranian delegation, said the two countries can build on their close political cooperation in recent years to give a boost to their economic relations to meet the two peoples' interests.

He said the delegation's trip was aimed at "helping promote parliamentary relations, sharing legislative experience, facilitating and accelerating mutual cooperation in areas of mutual interest and holding consultations on regional and international issues."

Pointing to the threat posed by terrorist groups to international security, he said, "Real and effective fight against terrorism demands contributions by all countries."

"Iran is ready to work with those who are resolved to root out terrorism," the lawmaker stressed.