IPA CIS Council
The II International forum "Development of parliamentarism", organized on the initiative of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation began its work in Moscow. This year, the event was attended by about 800 parliamentarians and experts from more than 130 countries.
At the plenary session of the forum, the Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin made a welcoming speech. According to Vyacheslav Volodin, through the constructive communication parliamentarians increase the effectiveness of cooperation on issues requiring joint decisions, including sustainable development, international security, environmental protection, combating poverty, terrorism, drug trafficking and others. Vyacheslav Volodin also called for colleagues to work on the adoption of model laws and together to do everything to protect international law.
Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, IPA CIS Council Chairperson Valentina Matvienko wished to participants a fruitful work. She congratulated everyone on the International Day of Parliamentarism, which is celebrated on 30 June at the initiative of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly, and called for all parliaments to participate in the World Conference on Interreligious and Inter-ethnic Dialogue scheduled on 21 May 2022 in Russia.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic Andrej Danko, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mustafa Sentop, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Arab Republic of Egypt Ali Abdel Aal, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Angola Fernando Da Piedade Dias dos Santos, Speaker of the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates Amal Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the National Council of the Republic of Namibia Margaret Natalie Mensah-Williams, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Asad Qaiser, and President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Gabriela Cuevas Barron addressed the meeting. Gabriela Cuevas Barron compared parliaments with "heart of democracy" and said that it is necessary to work together against the sanctions against the parliamentarians.
At the end of the first plenary session, the work of the forum had been continuing in round tables format, participants discussed the role of legislators in ensuring international security and other important topics.
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