TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Ali Larijani, the Speaker of Iran’s Parliament, met with Vyacheslav Volodin, the Speaker of the Russian Parliament’s Lower Chamber, the State Duma, on Friday, in Saint Petersburg of Russia.
The Iranian top lawmaker, who is accompanied by Parliament's General Director for International Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, is heading a senior legislative delegation to Russian city of Saint Petersburg to attend the 137th meeting of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
Mr. Larijani and his entourage arrived in Saint Petersburg late on Thursday and they were warmly welcomed by Iran’s Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei and a representative from Russia Duma, upon arrival at St. Petersburg Airport.
The five-day meeting of the IPU to be attended by parliamentary delegations from more than 150 countries will open in a ceremony in St. Petersburg on Saturday.
Over 100 parliament speakers and some 70 vice speakers accompanied by delegations are participating in the event.
Promoting parliamentary cooperation in the international scene, fighting terrorism, countering security challenges faced by the countries and discussing economic and financial issues, human rights and democracy are on the agenda of the IPU meeting.
Explaining Iran’s stances in parliamentary and international scenes and meeting with parliament speakers participating in the event are included in Larijani’s schedule.
The IPU is the international organization of world parliaments. It was established in 1989.
It is the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and cooperation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative democracy.