Riyadh-- The Baku Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement Parliamentary Network under the motto "Boosting the role of national parliaments in promoting global peace and sustainable development" has kicked off in Baku, Azerbaijan, with the participation of the Kingdom’s delegation headed by the Speaker of the Shura Council Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh, in the presence of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, and the participation of Speakers of Parliaments of the Member States of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries.
President Aliyev, at the opening ceremony, welcomed the participating delegations, stressing that Azerbaijan will initiate the establishment of the Non-Aligned Movement Support Office at the United Nations, which has received support from all members of the Non-Aligned Movement. The president said that the establishment of the Movement's Support Office would play an important role in protecting the interests of the movement's members in international forums, and enhancing solidarity among members, adding that joint parliamentary action would enhance bilateral relations between countries.
Speaker of the Parliament of Azerbaijan, Sahiba Gafarova, said, in her speech at the conference, that the members of the Parliamentary Network of Non-Aligned Countries represent a great and influential force in the world, stressing that the world is going through changes that require parliamentarians to stand and work together.
During the conference, members of the Parliamentary Network of the Non-Aligned Movement discussed the Baku declaration that will be issued by the conference, the system of working rules of the Parliamentary Network of the Non-Aligned Movement, as well as the approval of the organization’s logo and flag and the election of the Network’s president and deputies. The participants also listened to deliberations by several heads of international organizations, as well as heads of parliaments.
The Kingdom's delegation participating in the conference includes Council member Dr. Hattan bin Abdul Karim Timraz, Council member Dr. Najwa Al-Ghamdi, and several council officials.
Source: Saudi Press Agency