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31 January 2012 - 11:37

Iran's Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says the West seeks to hinder the growth of democratic movements in the Middle East and North Africa over its discontent with the wave of the Islamic Awakening.

“The West does not consider the regional developments, particularly in Egypt and Tunisia, as being in its own interest; therefore, it is causing troubles for these countries,” Larijani said at a Monday meeting with a Lebanese parliamentary delegation, on the sidelines of the 7th General Assembly of the Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union (IIPU) in the city of Palembang, Indonesia.

The Lebanese representatives, for their part, described Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979 as an inspiration for the ongoing popular uprisings across the Arab world, which erupted in early 2011.

Larijani also met with his Turkish counterpart Cemil Cicek and the sides discussed regional developments as well as the Tehran-Ankara ties.

The Iranian Majlis speaker hailed the Islamic Awakening movement as a prelude to further progress of the Muslim world, and noted that Iran and Turkey's close views on the Arab world developments are to the benefit of regional nations.

He also pointed out that further inter-parliamentary cooperation between Tehran and Ankara will serve as an example for the other regional countries.

In another meeting with Qatar's parliament speaker Muhammad bin Mubarak al-Khalifi on the sidelines of the IIPU conference, Larijani pointed to the vast potentials for further enhancement of the Tehran-Doha relations and called for growing cooperation between the two neighboring countries.

The two-day IIPU conference focuses on the Islamic Awakening, Palestinians' membership in the United Nations, modern technologies, counterterrorism, and sustainable development as well as the peaceful use of nuclear energy in the Middle East.

Parliament speakers from Malaysia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Sudan, Qatar and Cameroon are among the participants in the event.
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