HE the Speaker of the Shura Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud has reaffirmed Qatar's support to the plans and strategies of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in order to make the work of the IPU a success for all people of the world.
During the two-day meeting of the 205th session of the Governing Council, which concluded on Thursday in the Serbian capital Belgrade, HE al-Mahmoud said that the issues raised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) were of great importance and touched human lives,"so we can all, through parliaments, succeed because parliaments affect governments".
This was evidenced by the fact that the United Nations, respecting and appreciating the IPU, had requested the support of the IPU in its plans, which demonstrated the effectiveness of the IPU, he added.
HE al-Mahmoud noted the great effort exerted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), including the president of the IPU and the Secretary-General.
"We have seen this effort and sincerity in the work when the State of Qatar hosted the 140th session of the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)," he said.
He praised the Republic of Serbia for hosting the 141st session of the General Assembly and the good organisation.
"We are pleased to be here in the Republic of Serbia, and we were pleased to host the previous session in Doha and congratulate you on the success of the Assembly's work here in Belgrade," he added.
HE al-Mahmoud honoured the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Gabriela Cuevas and Secretary General Martin Chungong for their efforts towards the success of the work of the IPU, as well as for the success of the 140th General Assembly and its accompanying meetings in Doha.
He said that the great work done by the president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the secretary-general deserves all the praise, appreciation and respect.
In a related context, the Governing Council adopted in its final report several topics, including recent specialised meetings of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, reports and resolutions of the Commission on Human Rights of Parliamentarians, reports of other committees and bodies of the Union, the draft adoption of the consolidated budget for 2020, besides a number of other topics.
The 142nd General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and its accompanying meetings will be held in Geneva from 15 to 19 April.
HE al-Mahmoud headed Qatar’s delegation during the closing session of the 141st General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and related meetings that lasted for five days.
During the closing session the General Assembly adopted the Belgrade Declaration, 'Strengthening international law: Parliamentary roles and mechanisms, and the contribution of regional co-operation'.
Participants expressed their support for strong and effective multilateral institutions, with the United Nations at their core, designed to find solutions to common challenges and settle disputes between States.
The 142nd General Assembly of the IPU and its accompanying meetings will be held in Geneva from 15 to 19 April.
Meanwhile on Thursday, HE al-Mahmoud held met the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Republic of Rwanda Donatille Mukabalisa. The meeting took place on the sidelines of his participation in the 141st General Assembly of the IPU and the accompanying meetings.
The meeting reviewed the existing parliamentary relations between the two countries and discussed topics on the agenda of the General Assembly.
A number of members of the Shura Council attended the meeting.
HE al-Mahmoud also met Robert del Picchia, a member of the Senate of the French Republic. During the meeting, they reviewed the existing parliamentary relations between Qatar and France and discussed the topics on the agenda of the General Assembly.
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