UAE accelerating parliamentary cooperation with African nations

JOHANNESBURG, 8th May, 2019 (WAM) — Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of Federal National Council, FNC, has met separately with Roger Nkodo Dang, President of Pan-African Parliament, PAP, and Pierre Ngolo, President of the Senate of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to strengthen bilateral parliamentary relations.

This came on the sidelines of the launch of the second ordinary session of the fifth parliamentary session of the Pan-African Parliament.

At both meetings, fostering relations between all sides were discussed, especially in terms of the cooperation between the FNC and African parliaments, as well as the coordination on issues of common interest between the UAE and African countries.

During her meeting with Dang, Dr. Al Qubaisi called for enhancing relations between the UAE and African countries at the government and parliamentary levels, while also addressing issues of common interest, most notably sustainable development.

She also highlighted the PAP’s decision to grant the UAE, represented by the FNC, observer status, as well as their signing of a friendship agreement, which was first signed by the PAP with a national parliament.

Dang praised the FNC’s ongoing communication with African parliaments and the bilateral relations between UAE and African countries while explaining that the FNC’s relations with the PAP will witness a new stage of constructive cooperation, to serve the interests of the peoples of the UAE and Africa.

He also noted the FNC’s reputation as the UAE’s international parliamentary representative.

During their meeting, both sides affirmed the importance of strengthening their parliamentary cooperation, by exchanging parliamentary visits and expertise, and coordinating their stance on regional and international parliamentary forums.

Dr. Al Qubaisi and Ngolo discussed several issues of mutual interest and the means of strengthening their overall cooperation, as well as the importance of unifying their stance.

Ngolo praised the work of the FNC and its role in the Inter-Parliamentary Union, IPU, while pointing out that the participation of women in many sectors in the UAE and their active membership in the FNC reflects the prudent vision of the UAE’s leadership to empower them.

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