Joint Statement by Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan and Dr. Ali Larijani, Speaker Islamic Parliament of Iran
At the official invitation of Dr. Ali Larijani, Speaker of the Islamic Parliament of Iran, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, leading a high-ranking delegation, visited the Islamic Republic of Iran.
During the course of her visit, Dr. Fehmida Mirza met with the Honourable Speaker of the Islamic Parliament of Iran as her counterpart, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Members of the Women Parliamentary Faction and Iran-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group.
In light of the broad spectrum of issues discussed between the two speakers in a very friendly atmosphere, the two parties exchanged views on a wide variety of important matters of mutual interest centered on bilateral, regional and international developments. Within the scope of the longstanding course of relationship existing between the two Muslim nations, and with due regard to the good neighbourly relations, significance of continued fruitful bilateral consultations and the greater need for further strengthening of relations in various political, economic and cultural fields. The parties underlined their readiness for further expansion of relations and constructive contacts between the legislative bodies of the two countries. For this purpose Dr. Fehmida Mirza invited her counterpart to visit Pakistan. The two speakers:
i) Stressed that Parliamentary relations and people to people contacts between the two countries are the two key factors in strengthening relations between the two governments. To this end, they reiterated the need for enhanced cooperation and communication between the Parliamentary Standing Committees, particularly Security and Foreign Relations, Economy, Legal Affairs, Culture and Education Committees. The parties further underscored the importance of continued closer contacts between the Women Parliamentarian’s of the two countries and encouraged regular exchange of delegations for this purpose.
ii) Declared their desire for further contacts and enhanced cooperation between the two parliaments in the international parliamentary forums, including Inter-Parliamentary Union, PUIC of the OIC Member States, Asian Parliamentary Assembly and other regional parliamentary bodies for reaching common positions on crucial international issues.
iii) Agreed to enhance cooperation in the field of research on issues of common interest since being two important independent Islamic countries of the region they have significant academic, scientific and research base. For this purpose, the Islamic Parliament of Iran declared its readiness to make available to the National Assembly of Pakistan the researches undertaken by the Research Centre of the Parliament on legislative and other related issues.
iv) Considering the valuable parliamentary experiences of the two countries, agreed on exchanging such experiences and information between the two parliaments particularly concerning parliamentary management, lawmaking procedure, codification and ratification of laws on investment, border trades, judicial assistance, commercial and customs cooperation through holding regular meetings between the relevant experts of the two parliaments.
v) Underlined the need for expanding and enhancing economic and commercial cooperation between the two countries commensurate with the high potentials existing in this field. They also supported taking all measures in this regard, particularly removal of impediments to trade to realize these potentials, since more trade rather than aid is the solution to the economic problems.
vi) Underscored their deep commitment to eliminate terrorism and extremism, combat drug trafficking and organized crime, and promote socio-economic development in the region.
vii) Underlined the need to settle all international disputes by peaceful means through dialogue and negotiations without the use of coercive measures, which could further destabilize the region.
viii) Considered regional developments of crucial importance and underlined the need for exchange of views on such developments for strengthening peace, stability and security in the region.
ix) Agreed to hold annually a joint meeting at the capitals of their countries in order to strengthen parliamentary relations as well as to play an active role in promoting parliamentary diplomacy with due respect to the parliamentary discussion of international cooperation.
x) Underlined that only democracy provides an opportunity to the representatives of the people to understand and find solutions to both the existing and potential challenges. Further stressed that democracy was essential to combat terrorism.
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