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16:57 | 2009-10-13

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Larijani to Attend IPU Meeting in Geneva

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani is slated to leave Tehran for Geneva, Switzerland next Sunday to attend a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

The 121st IPU assembly meeting is scheduled to be held in Geneva on October 20-22.

The parliament announced in a statement issued on Tuesday that Larijani will head an Iranian political and parliamentary delegation in the visit and will leave Tehran for Geneva on October 18.

During the visit, Larijani will meet with a number of participating parliament speakers and parliamentary delegations in addition to his presence and address to the IPU assembly meeting.

Larijani is due to address the IPU permanent committee for international peace and security on cooperation and joint commitment to the campaign against organized crimes, specially drug trafficking, illegal trade of arms, human trafficking and international terrorism, the statement said.

Parliamentary measures to put an end to the ongoing crisis in the occupied Palestinian territories, Gaza in particular, would be discussed during Larijani's visit to Geneva, the statement added.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is an international organization established in 1889. It was the first permanent forum for political multilateral negotiations.

Initially, the organization was for individual Parliamentarians, but has since transformed into an international organization of the parliaments of sovereign States. 153 national parliaments have received IPU membership thus far.