A two-member delegation from the International Parliamentarians’ Congress (IPC), comprised of Secretary General Senator Sitara Ayaz and Assistant Secretary General Mr. Ijlal Ali Khan, visited Angola to attend the ‘147th Assembly’ of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), scheduled to be held from October 23 to 27, 2023. The delegation intended to engage in meaningful dialogues and promote parliamentary collaboration through engaging with international parliamentarians, international organizations, and their representatives. During their visit, the IPC delegation met with multiple speakers, members of parliaments, and heads of international organizations to exchange views and ideas on how to contribute to the peace, and prosperity of the world and how to work collectively to resolve global issues.
The IPC delegation attended the sideline meeting of the Asian Parliamentary Association (APA), and later, the Secretary General of the IPC also met with the SG APA, Mr. Mohammad Reza MAJIDI. They agreed to further strengthen and expand cooperation between the IPC and APA.
Secretary General IPC Senator Sitara Ayaz held a meeting with the former President of the IPU, Dr. Duarte to discuss matters of mutual interest. The SG of the IPC appreciated the President IPU’s efforts for peace and prosperity and congratulated him on holding the IPU’s 147th Assembly. They stressed the need to enhance parliamentary engagements to find solutions to intricate problems. The IPC delegation underscored the essence of engagement of public representatives in tackling existing and emerging challenges to human civilization; therefore, they held meetings with various parliamentarians to share mutual ideas and requested them to become a member of the IPC.
Furthermore, the delegation of IPC met with a Spanish parliamentary delegation, a Delegation from Malta, Delegation from Australia headed by Mr. Milton Dick, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Australia, and briefed them about the IPC. They appreciated the IPC’s constant efforts in strengthening democracy and encouraging inclusive growth.
In response to the request to become members of IPC made by the IPC delegation during the 147th Assembly of the IPU, parliamentarians from Turkey, Somalia, Iran, Portugal, Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Myanmar, Uganda, and Rwanda have joined as IPC members. This expansion has elevated IPC’s membership from 52 to 56 countries and from 198 Member parliamentarians to 214.