0435 GMT April 23, 2019
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani praised sensitivity of Italian government regarding the restoration of peace and security in the region.
During a meeting with visiting President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Italy’s Senate Vito Rosario Petrocelli, Larijani pointed to the new crises in the region, saying that “While the issue of Daesh has not yet been resolved, new crises such as immigration have been created [in the region].”
The Iranian official also referred to importance of recent developments in Libya, Sudan and Algeria which have been the scene of armed clashes and protests in recent weeks.
The Italian official expressed concern about the ongoing crisis in Libya, saying that it will have damaging consequences and will lead to new wave of immigration to the European countries.
Petrocelli also highlighted Iran's constructive role in resolving the crisis in Syria, saying that, “We are aware that if Iran did not have presence in Syria, we have not seen the return of thousands of Syrian families to their country”.
Petrocelli also pointed to relations with Iran, saying that “Italian Parliament is vehemently interested in boosting and enhancing bilateral ties with other countries such as Islamic Republic of Iran.”
He said that Italian Parliament and government are stressing multilateralism and avoiding unilateralism in the world, adding that a small group of countries should not be decision-makers for all the countries of the world.
During the meeting, Larijani underlined that Iran attaches great importance to its relationship with Italian government.
Larijani also thanked the Italian government for expressing sympathy with flood-hit Iranians and dispatching humanitarian aid.
Since March 19, many of Iranian cities have been hit by severe floods which have so far claimed the lives of at least 76 people.