• Mideast crises overshadow Palestinian issue: Larijani

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the Palestinian issue has been overshadowed by the crises gripping the Middle East region.

“The current crises in Muslim countries have overshadowed the Palestinian issue,” Larijani said during a joint press conference with his Malian counterpart Issaka Sidibé in Tehran on Wednesday, Press TV reported.

Larijani said that Iran and Mali shared views on political developments in the region and the fight against terrorism.  

He described Mali as an important African country, adding that Tehran attached high significance to its ties with Bamako.

The senior Iranian official said that he had discussed the expansion of bilateral economic and trade ties as well as the current regional developments in his meeting with the Malian official.

Larijani expressed hope that the upcoming session of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (PUIC), which will be hosted by Mali on January 27-28, will take important decisions about the major challenges facing Muslim countries.

For his part, the Malian official described the Palestinian issue as highly significant for his country.

He said that Mali has expressed its opposition to all UN resolutions that were against the Palestinian people, adding that it supported the latest United Nations Security Council resolution adopted last month in support of the Palestinians.

The Malian official also said that his country would do its utmost to address Muslim countries’ problems during the next PUIC conference.


Jan 11, 2017 17:12 UTC