FILE - Speaker of the House of Representatives Ali Abdel Aal FILE - Speaker of the House of Representatives Ali Abdel Aal

Parliament Speaker heads to attend meeting of IPU in Switzerland

Fri, Feb. 2, 2018
CAIRO – 2 February 2018: Speaker of the House of Representatives Ali Abdel Aal headed on Friday to participate in the 277th session of the Executive Committee of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Which is scheduled to be held in Switzerland on Saturday and Sunday.

Heads of Arab parliaments agreed on nominating Abdul Aal, for a position in the Executive Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and then he was chosen to act as a deputy of the President of Executive Committee.

The IPU is a global voice and facilitator of multilateral contacts for parliamentarians from over 140 national parliaments. It is the only organization of its kind with this global legitimacy.

The Executive Committee is composed of 15 member delegates who reflect the geographic and political make-up of the IPU. It takes the administrative lead within the organization, preparing recommendations for action by the Governing Council.

In October, Abdel Aal chaired the coordination meeting of the Arab Group in the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on behalf of the Moroccan Parliament Speaker and President of the Arab Inter-parliamentary Union (AIPU) al-Habib al-Maliki.

This comes within the framework of the meetings of 137th assembly currently held in the Russian city of St. Petersburg.

The meeting discussed coordinating Arab stances towards the issues listed on the agenda of the IPU's meetings.

The top priority issues are supporting one of the Arab nominees to head the IPU in its elections that will be held during this current session as well as addressing the violence practiced against Rohingya people in Myanmar.

During the meeting, Abdel Aal delivered a speech on the activities of the IPU executive committee represented by the work group tasked with finding a solution to the Syrian crisis.
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