Majlis receives 10 parliamentary visit requests

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A senior Iranian parliament official says Majlis has received 10 requests from foreign parliamentary delegations to visit the Islamic Republic, PressTV reported.

Hossein Sheikholeslam, advisor to Iran Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani on international affairs, said on Wednesday that the Iranian legislative branch is looking into the delegations' requests to visit Iran and meet with senior officials before the end of the current Iranian calendar year on March 20.

Given that Majlis is facing a tight schedule during the final months of the current Iranian year, it is not clear whether all these parliamentary trips could take place before March 20, Sheikholeslam noted.

On December 13, 2013, an eight-member team from the European Parliament (EP) travelled to the Islamic Republic and held talks with senior Iranian lawmakers, including Larijani and Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Senate of the Italian Republic, Lamberto Dini, is also scheduled to travel to Iran at the head of a parliamentary delegation on January 3.

During their stay in Iran, the Italian parliament officials will try to set the stage for a possible trip by the European country's Prime Minister Enrico Letta to the Islamic Republic.

Meanwhile, Iranian non-resident Chargé d'affaires to Britain Mohammad Hassan Habibollahzadeh said last month that Former British Foreign Secretary and a present member of the UK Parliament, Jack Straw, plans to visit Iran in early January. He will lead a delegation of four British legislators.

A group of German lawmakers will also make an official visit to Iran later this month to exchange views on the expansion of Tehran-Berlin parliamentary ties with senior Majlis officials.

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