"After the US sanctions on different countries, many countries think that they have to find other ways, so there is a serious debate on monetary accords among the Asian countries to reach a new mechanism," Ali Larijani, Iranian Parliamentary Speaker, said after returning from the event.
Larijani noted that during his 24-hour trip, the attention during the discussions he took part in was paid to the ways of strengthening the economic ties between the member states of the APA in order to neutralize the effects of the US sanctions.
He said that some good proposals were made concerning developing the collective economic potential of Asian countries, particularly signing the bilateral monetary agreements which would let Asian countries to counter the US pressure.
On the side-lines of the Parliamentary Assembly, Ali Larijani met with his Russian and Turkish counterparts — Leonid Slutsky, the Chairman of the Russian Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee and Binali Yıldırımm, the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly.
Larijani, speaking with his Turkish colleague, expressed his concerns over Washington's activity in the regions, saying that the US is using the dollar as a 'cold weapon'.
"We never imagined that the US would one day use the dollar as a cold weapon, but after its agenda came to light, the presidents of Iran, China, Turkey and Russia began discussions on national currency-based trade", Yıldırımm said, according to Mehrnews.
In May 2018 the US left the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions (JCPOA) regarding the Iranian nuclear programme — a deal which was reached in 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 group, which consisted of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. After abandoning the JCPOA, US President Donald Trump re-imposed all its sanctions on Iran, targeting "critical sectors of Iran's economy, such as the energy, shipping and shipbuilding, and financial sectors".
Even though the US Treasury Department called the latest round of sanctions "the toughest ever imposed on Iran", Washington granted waivers to 8 countries, which obtained the right to continue buying Iranian oil on a temporary basis.
The Asian Parliamentary Assembly, established in 2006 in a bid to create an Asian Parliament, is comprised of 42 member Parliaments and 16 observers.
The last (10th) APA meeting took place in Istanbul on November 2017.