The Iranian expert assembly calls for an immediate end to the Ukraine conflict

Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Tehran

The Iranian Assembly of Experts has concluded its ninth open session, and assembly members called for an end to the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, which has now been going on for about two weeks.

The members of the Expert Assembly do not meet frequently. They hold such meetings twice a year to discuss the latest national and global issues. This time they touched on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and called for an immediate end to the crisis.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a military campaign in Ukraine over concerns about destabilizing activities near the Russian border by NATO, an intergovernmental military alliance made up of 28 European countries plus Canada and the US.

Despite siding with Russia over NATO’s provocative activities in the region, the Islamic Republic has repeatedly stated that war is not a solution to the crisis. The Assembly of Experts takes the same position.

The Assembly of Experts was founded in 1983, almost four years after the victory of the Islamic Revolution.
Its main task is to oversee the performance of the leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. The experts should also elect a new leader in the event of the death, resignation or dismissal of the current leader.

The expert assembly currently consists of 88 Islamic lawyers. The unit consists of a board of directors and six committees. Members are elected by direct public vote for eight-year terms.

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