Thursday, March 3, 2011

'Iran, Bolivia in unison over revolutions'

Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani and his Bolivian counterpart have voiced support for the popular revolutions in North Africa and the uprisings in the Middle East.

“Talks and negotiations between Iranian and Bolivian officials are an indication of the two countries' support for the popular revolutions in the region and the nations' resolve to free themselves from under the yoke of the US imperialism,” said Larijani at a ceremony to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bolivian Parliament speaker Hector Arce in the Iranian capital on Wednesday.

The Iranian speaker described Arce's visit to Tehran “very important and constructive” at the current juncture, particularly regarding the ongoing developments in the region, Majlis news agency (ICANA) reported.

“Iran's Majlis and the government have a positive outlook on the expansion of the cordial relations between the Islamic Republic and Bolivia in all fields,” he said.

The Bolivian parliament speaker, for his part, said a new chapter has been opened in parliamentary cooperation between Iran and the South American state.

Arce praised his “constructive and useful” talks with Iranian officials and added, “The Iranian and Bolivian nations have common goals, aspirations and enemies.”

Larijani and Arce said the two countries' parliaments play an important role in strengthening the two partners' friendly bonds in different spheres.

According to the MoU signed by parliament speakers of Iran and Bolivia, the two sides agreed to strengthen mutual relations, hold regular consultations and exchange visits between parliamentary delegations.