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Iran’s new parliament convenes in Tehran

2024-05-28 17:05 Last Updated At:17:47

Iran's 12th parliament was inaugurated on Monday in the Iranian capital of Tehran.

During the inauguration ceremony, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the former chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of the parliament, was appointed the temporary speaker. The official speaker is set to be elected in the coming days.

Boroujerdi said in his speech that the new parliament will fully support the government in developing the country's economy, and he also expounded the diplomatic principles of the new parliament.

"Strengthening relations with other countries on the basis of mutual respect to protect Iran's national interests is the guiding principle of our foreign policy. Developing relations with neighboring countries should be given priority, while combating American hegemonism remains a fundamental principle of our foreign policy," Boroujerdi said in his speech.

Iran's acting President Mohammad Mokhber also addressed the country's new parliament. He praised late President Ebrahim Raisi's time in office, listing some of his achievements since taking office in August 2021. He emphasized that according to the instructions of Iran's Supreme Leader, despite the recent loss of important personnel in Iran, all the work of the country has not been delayed. The new Assembly of Experts and parliament have carried out all their work as scheduled, and national governance has not been affected or damaged.

The parliament's 290 newly-elected members were chosen through two rounds of elections held on March 1 and May 10. These members are set to serve a four-year term in the legislative body.

Iran’s new parliament convenes in Tehran

Iran’s new parliament convenes in Tehran

A Chinese defense spokesperson Friday said China will take all necessary countermeasures against the Philippines' dangerous and escalating acts.

Zhang Xiaogang, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, made the remarks when responding to a media question about the recent moves by the Philippine side in areas of Ren'ai Jiao (Reef) and Xianbin Jiao.

"Nansha Qundao (Nansha Islands), including Ren'ai Jiao and Xianbin Jiao, is inherent territory of China, and it is legitimate and reasonable for the Chinese side to carry out law enforcement activities in waters under its jurisdiction. China has repeatedly made clear its principled position on this. In fact, the Philippine side broke its promises on the Ren'ai Jiao issue, played with fire and made provocations to escalate tension. Such behavior is like a thief crying 'stop thief'. It has even cooked up and spread disinformation about Xianbin Jiao in an attempt to cover up its infringements and provocations. Such behavior fully shows that the Philippine side is undoubtedly the one that undermines peace and creates instability. The Chinese side has remained highly vigilant and will continue to take all necessary countermeasures against the dangerous and escalating acts of the Philippine side," said the spokesperson.

China vows to take resolute countermeasures against Philippines' dangerous acts: spokesman

China vows to take resolute countermeasures against Philippines' dangerous acts: spokesman

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