Martin Schulz: New era in EU-Iran ties / European countries must revise their concrete opinions on the Muslim World

Chairman of Iran-EU parliamentary relations group, Dr. Kazem Jalali hailed enhanced meeting and joint conferences with European Parliament (EP) as an opening of a new chapter in strengthening their bilateral ties.

President of the European Parliament (EP), Martin Schulz who paid a single-day visit to Iran accompanied by a high-ranking delegation of EP met Dr. Kazem Jalali, Chairman of Iran-EU parliamentary relations group and Head of the Islamic Parliament Research Center (IPRC) on Saturday, 07 November 2015.

During the meeting who attended by visiting parliamentary delegation of EU and some Iranian parliamentarians including Jewish representative in Majles, a senior lawmaker, Dr. Jalali reiterated that today, a new chapter has been opened in bilateral cooperation between Islamic Republic of Iran and European Parliament.

Referring to the recent regional crises in Yemen and Syria, he underlined that the promotion of cooperation between Iran and EU, as two influential regional and international players, serves a major factor in resolving the existing crises in the region. Head of the IPRC furthermore stated that we have to identify roots of terrorism as well as terrorist groups’ supporters and also holding a referendum in Syria as real approaches to settlement of Syrian catastrophe.
 
Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, for his part, expressed satisfaction over his visit to Iran and stressed the importance of expanding parliamentary relations between European Union (EU) and Iran.
 
"Islamic Republic of Iran has a great potential in the region so that it can play a leading role in tackling regional and international problems and challenges", he opined.
 
Pointing to the European Countries’ lack of understanding of Islam, the EU official urged them to revise their concrete ideas about the divine religion and the Muslim world.

Referring to the great importance of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) as the main global Parliamentary body, he believes that the election of Dr. K. Jalali as a member of IPU Executive Committee will be a good opportunity for promotion of parliamentary diplomacy between the two sides.
 
It’s notable that during his one-day visit to Tehran, Martin Schulz met and talked with other senior Iranian officials including President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Secretary of Iran’s Human Rights High Council Mohammad Javad Larijani as well.

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