Mon 03-04-2017 22:17 PM

UAE Parliamentary Division delegation continues its participation in IPU meetings in Bangladesh

DHAKA, 3rd April, 2017 (WAM) -- The UAE Parliamentary Division’s delegation, headed by Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of Federal National Council (FNC), is continuing its active participation in the meetings of the 136th Assembly, standing committees and the different organisations of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, IPU, which are taking place in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka.

The delegation is having discussions on improving human rights, preventing interference in the internal affairs of countries and maintaining their sovereignty, combatting terrorism and extremism, international co-operation in dealing with restrictive immigration policies, helping refugees and providing humanitarian aid.

It also discussed eradicating poverty, strengthening welfare and sustainable development goals, women’s empowerment, strengthening the political participation of youth, reducing inequality and achieving community welfare.

The delegation highlighted the country’s viewpoint, vision and stance on various issues of priority, representing the principles that were adopted by the UAE, especially in promoting the values of tolerance and maintaining international security and stability throughout the region and the world through its participation in the four standing committees of the IPU. These committees are concerned with international peace and security, sustainable development, finance and trade, democracy and human rights, and the United Nations affairs, as well as the Forum of Young Parliamentarians and the Forum of Women Parliamentarians.

The FNC delegation also highlighted a number of priority issues, the most prominent being the case of the three Emirati islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa, occupied by Iran. It stressed the UAE’s legitimate claim to the islands and its right to regain its sovereignty in peaceful ways, as well as the importance of solving this issue by either direct negotiations with Iran or through international arbitration.

The delegation also participated in the International Peace and Security Committee meeting of the IPU. During this meeting, where the UAE was represented by a member Dr. Mohammed Abdullah Al Mehrezi, the discussion’s preliminary plan about the role of the parliament in preventing external interference in the internal affairs of sovereign countries was discussed, amended and adopted.

During this discussion, the rights of people in determining their fate was highlighted, while stressing that the suffering of most countries from wars and conflicts is mostly a result of external interference in their affairs, with the situation in Syria and Iraq being cited as examples.