News ID: 109873
Published: 0743 GMT January 20, 2015

German parliamentary delegation due in Tehran

German parliamentary delegation due in Tehran

A high-ranking German parliamentary delegation will arrive in Tehran today, a senior German MP announced Tuesday.


The delegation, headed by the deputy speaker of the German parliament, Claudia Roth, will pay a five-day visit to Iran, IRNA reported.

Roth in her statement has said that the visit aims at furthering parliamentary ties between the two countries as well as to meet senior Iranian officials.

The German MP and her delegation are due to meet her Iranian counterpart, Mohammad-Hassan Aboutorabi Fard, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, Vice President for Women Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi and Head of the Department of the Environment Masoumeh Ebtekar during the visit.

The German politician, who is also one of the leaders of the country's Green Party, also said she is to hold talks with representatives of some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as minorities.

In the statement, she has emphasized Iran's regional role and its support for Iraq and Syria against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.

Roth, as an environmental activist, also will visit the northwestern city of Tabriz in order to get a view of the drying Lake Orumieh.

One of the largest salt lakes in the world and classified as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, Lake Orumieh has lost more than 60 percent of its surface over the past two decades due to drought and the damming of rivers feeding it.

As Lake Orumieh is shrinking and deserts of salt expanding, Iranian officials are trying to find ways to avert an imminent disaster and to stop the salt lake from drying up.


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