IPU chief calls for Iran-U.S. direct talks

TEHRAN, July 19 (MNA) -- Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Anders B. Johnson has expressed hope that Iran and the United States will hold direct negotiations on ending Tehran’s nuclear standoff with the West.

“In view of positive comments made by some representatives of U.S. citizens… I hope the two nations’ representative will hold direct talks,” Johnson told MP Alaeddin Borujerdi in a meeting on Saturday.

 

Establishing a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Tehran is another step that the U.S. would like to take, he added.

 

Johnson expressed satisfaction over Iran’s ‘exemplary’ relations with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Majlis committees’ active participation in the IPU’s programs.

 

The Islamic Republic is a very important country in the region and the world, he asserted.

 

Borujerdi, who chairs the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said Iran is interested to boost cooperation wit the IPU as the center for dialogue among parliaments throughout the world.

 

 

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