Heads of Iranian and Russian parliamentary delegations described the US policies as the root cause of the conflicts in Ukraine and Palestine, saying “the reckless policies pursued by the United States threaten to plunge the world into a Third World War.”
By Edvard Chesnokov
During a session on October 30, 2023, a prominent parliamentary delegation from Iran engaged in a productive discussion with their counterparts at the State Duma in Moscow, Russia’s parliamentary body. This marked the sixth meeting of the joint workgroups between the State Duma Committee on International Affairs and the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iranian Parliament.
One of the primary topics on the agenda was the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian groups. Leonid Slutsky, the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, emphasized that “the United States continues its one-sided support for Israel, escalating the conflict.” He cited accounts of witnesses who described the situation in the Gaza Strip, following the Israeli forces’ entry on the night of October 28, as resembling “a portal to hell.”
Vahid Jalalzadeh, the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iranian Parliament, extended his appreciation to Russia for vetoing a draft resolution proposed by the US on Palestine at the United Nations Security Council, which failed to call for a ceasefire in the region.
Both heads of the workgroup agreed that the conflicts in Ukraine and Palestine share a common origin: the reckless policies pursued by the United States, which threaten to plunge the world into a Third World War.
Furthermore, the Russian side expressed its willingness to participate in an inter-parliamentary workgroup – in case such a group is established – aimed at facilitating a ceasefire. This offer was particularly significant as Tehran serves as the headquarters of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly, bringing together members of parliament from 41 nations across the vast continent.
Additionally, Leonid Slutsky praised the efforts of another member of the workgroup, Kazem Jalali, who currently serves as the Iranian ambassador to Russia. He warmly expressed, “Mr. Jalali and I meet every week, and there are no closed doors in Moscow when it comes to our brother Kazem.”
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the positions of Iran Nuances.