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EghtesadOnline: Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani left Tehran for the Serbian capital Belgrade on Sunday morning to attend the 141st assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Heading a delegation of lawmakers, he is set to address the event before holding bilateral talks with his counterparts from countries that have high potentials for expanding ties. 

Larijani told reporters before his departure that the conference is an opportunity to meet foreign parliament speakers and discuss lawmaking practices and mutual economic cooperation as well as regional and international issues, Financial Tribune reported.

"Under the present circumstances, when Americans have caused chaos in international relations, dialogue with the authorities of various countries is of relevance both for enlightening [about Iran's stance] and [fostering] bilateral cooperation," he was quoted as saying by ICANA.

The US administration has disrupted international order by pulling out of Iran's 2015 international nuclear deal and making baseless allegations against Tehran regarding its regional activities. 

The IPU assembly is the principal statutory body that expresses the views of Inter-Parliamentary Union on political issues.

Its 141st version is ongoing in Belgrade from October 13-17. All IPU statutory bodies, including the governing council, standing committees, committees on the human rights of parliamentarians and Middle East, as well as the Forum of Women Parliamentarians and the Forum of Young MPs, will meet on this occasion.

The theme of the general debate of this edition of the event is "Strengthening International Law: Parliamentary Roles and Mechanisms, and the Contribution of Regional Cooperation."

Larijani said observance of international law is seriously lacking in today's world and needs to be worked on so as to ensure it is respected by all. 

"Especially over the past few years, international regulations and agreements have practically been violated. Therefore, I think this is a major issue in today's world and needs to be discussed," he said. 


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