MP: Islamic Majlis welcomes strengthening of Iran-Australia ties
Head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said in a meeting with Australian Foreign Ministry Mideast Man Dir, Islamic Majlis welcomes moves aimed at strengthening bilateral ties.
According to the IRNA parliamentary affairs reporter, Kazem Jalali in his Wednesday meeting with David Stewart meanwhile referred to the ongoing regional developments, arguing, "Presently we are witnesses to serious and deep-rooted developments in this region, and the regional governments must heed the existing gaps between the generations in their societies."
Head of Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission furthermore criticized the biased encounter of the western countries, and particularly the United Sates in their dealing with other countries, arguing, "The regional nations understand the double-standards adopted by the west, and particularly by the US in dealing with different oppressed nations."
He added, "This makes the people hate the west, and particularly the United States."
The representative of Shahroud Constituency at the Majlis also pointed out that there is also criticism about Australia's policies regarding the regional developments, and particularly in Afghanistan, reiterating, "As a powerful country in the world, Australia should not have acted as a follower of the United States. Your country should have instead acted independently, rationally, and in line with the Australian nation's national interests."
The Australian diplomat, too, in the meeting expressed delight over his chance to visit Iran, arguing, "There are broad potentials in both countries that can serve as good bases for improvement of bilateral relations in various fields."
David Stewart added, "Iran is a great country with a civilization that is some thousands of years old and is quite unique in the region, with an active presence in regional interactions."
The Managing Director of the Australian Foreign Ministry's Middle East Office also said that exchanging political and parliamentary delegations can lead to strengthening the cognition and reciprocal understanding between Australia and Iran.
He added, "Such visits can also make faster the process of expanding friendly cooperation in bilateral and regional fields."