Ali Larijani

Iranian Majlis speaker on India visit, to meet PM

Ali-Larijani-manmohan-singhNew Delhi, Feb 25 : Speaker of the Iranian parliament (Majlis) Ali Larijani is visiting India and is likely to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday, said diplomatic sources.

Larijani's visit is at the invitation of Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, who visited Iran in the latter part of 2011.

The Majlis speaker is currently in Mumbai and will arrive in New Delhi Tuesday, a diplomatic source told IANS.

"Larijani will meet the Indian prime minister on Wednesday," the source said.

Iranian parliament against uranium exchange deal

Ali-LarijaniTehran - The Iranian parliament has voiced opposition to a proposed uranium exchange deal with Russia, the United States and France, state media reported Saturday.

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said that Iran should not be limited in the deal to just exchanging its own uranium with higher enriched uranium, but should also be allowed to purchase it separately.

"The stance by the sides involved in the deal indicates imposition and cheating," said Larijani, a former chief nuclear negotiator.

Opposition leader seeks meeting with Ahmadinejad on prison abuse

Ali Larijani Tehran - The leader of Iranian opposition party Etemad Melli called Wednesday for a meeting with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani over alleged rapes in Tehran prisons.

In a letter to Larijani, carried by the party's website, Mehdi Karroubi asked to meet with the heads of the executive, judiciary and legislative powers to present documented proof of the rapes.

Karroubi last week denounced the sexual abuse allegedly suffered by political prisoners arrested and detained following protests over the flawed June 12 presidential election.

Larijani's brother to become new judiciary chief in Iran

Ali LarijaniTehran  - The brother of parliament speaker and former chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani is to be appointed as new chief of Iran's judiciary power, the Fars news agency reported Tuesday.

The spokesman of the judiciary commission of the parliament, Mohammad-Taqi Rahbar, told Fars that Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani will officially succeed Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi as judiciary head at the end of August.

The head of the judiciary in Iran is appointed by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who according to constitution, has the final say on all state affairs.

Iran is not Iraq or Afghanistan, warns Larijani

Iran parliament speaker Ali LarijaniAlgiers - Ali Larijani, the Speaker of the Iranian parliament, and chairmain of the Islamic Shura Council, warned the West on Sunday that his country was "not Iraq or Afghanistan."

Larijani, speaking in Algiers at the start of a four-day visit, called on Western powers to respct the "democratic life" of Iran.

"Iran is not Iraq or Afghanistan," he said.

Larijani said that both Iran and Algeria's democracies were closely linked to Islamic culture. (dpa)

Larijani: Iran "strongly" supports Yemen's national unity

Larijani: Iran "strongly" supports Yemen's national unity Sana'a, Yemen - Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Wednesday that his country "strongly" supports Yemen's unity and called the Arabian Peninsula state to enter into dialogue with opposition groups to consolidate its unity.

"We strongly support the national unity in Yemen," Larijani told reporters after talks with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana'a.

"We think all issues in Yemen can be sorted out through the political dialogue, and we support this approach," he said.

Larijani: Iran "strongly" supports Yemen's national unity

Larijani: Iran "strongly" supports Yemen's national unitySana'a, Yemen - Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Wednesday that his country "strongly" supports Yemen's unity and called the Arabian Peninsula state to enter into dialogue with opposition groups to consolidate its unity.

"We strongly support the national unity in Yemen," Larijani told reporters after talks with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana'a.

"Holocaust not our business," says Iranian speaker

The speaker of the Iranian parliament, Ali LarijaniTehran  - The speaker of the Iranian parliament, Ali Larijani, has distanced himself from previous remarks made by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and said that the Holocaust was "not of Iran's business," the daily Etemad Melli reported Sunday.

Since his presidency began in August 2005, Ahmadinejad has publicly doubted the historic dimensions of the Holocaust and hoped for eradication of Israel from the Middle East - causing widespread international condemnation.

Iranian parliamentary speaker begins two-day visit to Bahrain

Iranian parliamentary speaker begins two-day visit to Bahrain Manama, Bahrain - The speaker of the Iranian parliament, Ali Larijani, arrived in Bahrain Tuesday to start a three-day tour of Gulf nations.

Larijani's arrival coincided with the start of a two-day meeting in Manama between the United States and Persian Gulf nations focused on maritime security. That is a continuous issue because of previous threats by Tehran to shut down the vital Strait of Hormuz if Iran should ever come under attack from the United States or Israel.

Iranian Speaker warns IAEA about limits on future cooperation

Iranian Speaker warns IAEA about limits on future cooperationNicosia, May 31 : The new Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, who used to be Iran’s top nuclear negotiator between 2005 and 2007, has warned the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that Tehran could impose limits on future cooperation with the Agency.

Larijani on Wednesday described parts of the IAEA’s latest report on Tehran's nuclear programme, which said that Iran’s alleged weapons development studies remained a matter of serious concern, as "deceitful" and "ambiguous".

Ali Larijani elected as interim parliament speaker in Iran

Ali Larijani elected as interim parliament speaker in IranTehran  - Former nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani was on Wednesday elected with the votes of almost 90 per cent of the present deputies as interim speaker of the Iranian parliament.

As the credentials of all 290 deputies have not yet been confirmed, Larijani was first elected as interim speaker and will later, with the votes of all deputies, be elected for one year.

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